The HIV virus is one of the most virulent viruses known to mankind. With what is estimated to be a 95-100% mortality rate, fatality from HIV infection far exceeds death rates associated with smallpox, Lassa fever, and Ebola fever. The virulence of the HIV virus is exceeded only by rabies infection which is 99% fatal.
It is believed that between 40,000 and 80,000 Americans become infected with the HIV virus every year; world-wide, millions of people become infected yearly. Yet, to date, efforts to address the HIV epidemic as an "epidemic" have been effectively blocked. (2)
In the years that lie ahead, considering only those already infected with the virus, far more Americans will die from HIV disease than were lost in all the wars that our nation has ever fought, including the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Somalia combined. When all these people are dead, this will not mark the end of the epidemic; it will really only be the beginning. The HIV epidemic is just starting to spread into our general population in the mid-1990s. (3)
Over one quarter of a million Americans have already died from HIV disease. Another 200,000 Americans are in the terminal stages of HIV disease (which is referred to as AIDS) and 95% or more of them will be dead within 2-3 years. In 1993 alone, 49,000 Americans died of terminal-stage HIV disease (AIDS), while in 10 years of fighting in Vietnam, America lost only 47,000 soldiers in actual combat. (The remaining 11,000 Vietnam deaths were considered non-combat casualties or MIAs)
Today AIDS is the leading cause of death among Americans between 25-44 years of age. The proportion of people who acquire AIDS through heterosexual transmission has increased from 2 percent in 1985 to 9.2 percent in 1993 to 10.3 percent in 1994. (4)
Of the 51,235 women with terminal-stage HIV disease (AIDS) reported by the CDC as of June 1994, 18,217 (or 35.5%) of them contracted their disease via heterosexual encounters. (5)
Between 1988 and 1990, anonymous HIV testing on college campuses across America revealed that there were between 10,000 and 35,000 infected college students in our nation. Some colleges had very low rates of infection while several campuses had HIV infection rates for men over 24 years of age as high as 6.5%. Despite these frightening rates of HIV infection, campus testing has been discontinued, and no effort is currently being made to identify those who are infected on our campuses in order to prevent further spread of the epidemic among college students. (6)
In Zimbabwe, 90% of all deaths are AIDS related. Zimbabwe has only ten million people, yet there were at least 120,000 cases of full-blown AIDS in that country by the end of 1994. It is estimated that by the year 2000 there will be 500,000 orphaned children in Zimbabwe who will have lost both of their parents from HIV/AIDS disease. (7)
It is estimated that, at the present time, between 135 and 150 Americans die every day from terminal-stage HIV disease. In India, recent estimates of the projected death toll defy the imagination. On 12/11/94, Reuters News Service reported that I.S.Gilada, Secretary General of the Bombay-based Indian Health Organization, predicted that, "some 10,000 Indians will die each day from AIDS by the year 2000." India, with a population of almost a billion people, has become the epicenter of the world epidemic. Starting with only a few hundred HIV-infected Indians in 1987, the epidemic has exploded. I.S. Gilada of the IHO recently estimated that there are currently over 4 million infected Indians. The epidemic is now spreading rapidly from infected prostitutes into India's truck drivers, and into the villages and towns along the trucking routes. This is the same pattern that the epidemic followed in Africa less than a decade ago. (8)
Professor William Haseltine, Chief of the Division of Human Retrovirology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Professor of the Department of Pathology, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Cancer Biology, Harvard School of Public Health, estimates that as many as one billion people will be infected world-wide by the year 2010 if the people of the world do not alter their patterns of sexual activity, or develop a vaccine to prevent further spread of HIV disease. (9)
Despite these frightening statistics, there continues a conscious, organized effort across our land, and around the world, to deceive and mislead the public as to the true nature and extent of the HIV epidemic.
Each of the following most commonly believed statements/ misconceptions about HIV disease is a myth.
MYTH #1: THE HIV VIRUS IS VERY FRAGILE AND DIES IMMEDIATELY ONCE OUTSIDE THE HUMAN BODY.
MYTH #2: THE HIV VIRUS IS READILY KILLED BY HOUSEHOLD DISINFECTANTS, ALCOHOL, OR A 10% BLEACH SOLUTION.
MYTH #3: SINCE AIDS IS PRIMARILY A DISEASE OF HOMOSEXUALS AND I.V. DRUG USERS, THE GENERAL PUBLIC HAS NO REASON FOR CONCERN.
MYTH #4: THERE IS NO DANGER OF CASUAL TRANSMISSION OF THE HIV VIRUS.
MYTH #5: YOU CAN'T GET AIDS FROM A KISS.
MYTH #6: YOU CAN'T GET AIDS FROM ENGAGING IN ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES.
MYTH #7: YOU CAN'T GET AIDS FROM AN INSECT BITE.
MYTH #8 YOU CAN'T GET AIDS VIA THE RESPIRATORY ROUTE.
MYTH #9: LATEX CONDOMS ARE HIGHLY EFFECTIVE IN PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF AIDS WHEN USED CONSISTENTLY AND CORRECTLY.
MYTH #10 THE USE OF A SPERMICIDE SUCH AS NONOXYNOL-9 (ALONG WITH CONDOMS) INCREASES YOUR DEGREE OF SAFETY WHEN ENGAGING IN CASUAL SEX.
Each of these myths is untrue, to a greater or lesser extent. Because these myths have been repeated so frequently and authoritatively, however, each myth has come to be accepted as truth.
It was William James, the philosopher, who said, "There is nothing so absurd, but if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it."
In Mein Kampf, Adolph Hitler wrote, "The great masses of the people .... will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one." (Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 15th Edition, p.812)
It was Daniel Webster who said, "There is nothing so powerful as truth - and often nothing so strange." (Bartlett's... p.450)
Tragically, the American public has been intentionally deceived about the means of spread of this epidemic. In addition, the public has not been allowed to understand that the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta is unable to effectively monitor the spread of HIV disease. The real epidemic is not AIDS; the real epidemic is HIV disease. AIDS is simply the terminal stage of HIV disease. AIDS develops, on average, between 10 and 12 years after the onset of HIV infection. AIDS is a reportable disease all across our land, and is carefully monitored by public health officials. HIV disease, the real epidemic, is not being monitored in the majority of our states where the epidemic is centered. Why is this? Because AIDS activists, with the help of the liberal media and leftist politicians, have organized across America, and have been able to block legislation that would allow the reportability of HIV seropositivity to public health authorities for the purpose of contact tracing, tracking of the epidemic, and disease control. As a result, in the majority of our states where the epidemic is centered, none of the standard and accepted public health techniques used with other sexually transmitted diseases are being used to slow further spread of HIV disease.
Today, in America, there are only a very few reliable statistics which allow physicians to determine the true incidence of HIV disease in our land. The study of 20 sentinel hospitals, published in The New England Journal of Medicine under the title, "HIV Infection Among Patients in U.S. Acute Care Hospitals", August 13, 1992, gives some idea as to the true incidence of HIV disease in our nation. Anonymous HIV testing in 20 hospitals across America found that 4.7% of the blood specimens tested were HIV positive. Faced with an epidemic of this magnitude, nothing has been done to try to implement the standard public health techniques needed to bring this epidemic under control. For all intents and purposes, the results of the sentinel hospital study have been suppressed and ignored. Because of the 10-12 year latency period between HIV infection and AIDS, the AIDS statistics routinely reported to the public represent the level of HIV disease in America 10-12 years ago, not the incidence of HIV disease in America today.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of AIDS information available to the American public has only one purpose - and that purpose is to deceive the people of our nation. Since you cannot depend on your government for protection from this plague, you are going to have to learn the truth about HIV disease, and how to protect yourself and your family.