The Cause of AIDS: Fact and Speculation, Part 3
1990, 60:00 minutes, colour, English
The Cause of AIDS: Fact and Speculation, produced at MacLean Hunter Cable TV by award-winning Toronto journalist Colman Jones, features interviews with key figures in the HIV debate, such as Michigan State university professor Robert Scott Root-Bernstein (author of "Rethinking AIDS"), New York AIDS physician and researcher Dr. Joseph Sonnabend, and independent investigator John Scythes of Toronto's Community Initiative for AIDS Research. Also featured are Dr. Norbert Gilmore from Montreal's McGill AIDS Centre, American syphilis expert Dr. Edward Hook, Toronto Hospital's Dr. Richard Fralick as well as leading activists, educators and people with AIDS, including the late Michael Callen.
Part 3, Deja Vu: A History of STDs, explores the role of other sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) - syphilis in particular - in the development of AIDS. One of the most highly associated risk factors for becoming HIV-positive, syphilis has long been one of humanity's greatest killers, feared for centuries for its devastating effects, including - according to some - increased susceptibility to other life-threatening conditions, such as pneumonia, cancer and TB. In fact, medical texts of 50 years ago suggest that, far from being a new phenomenon, immune suppression - leading to early death - was rampant earlier this century, in light of what appear to be thousands of pre-1950 AIDS cases.
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