Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Antiviral Prophylaxis Study in African Women FAILS

Date: Tue, 05 Mar 2013 13:07:50 -0500
From: AHRP <ahrp@ahrp.org>

Advancing Honest and Ethical Medical Research


The much hyped story about the alleged "miraculous" cured HIV-infected baby may have  been planted to obscure the announcement on Monday, of a FAILED " AIDS prevention" study conducted on more than 5,000 HIV-NEGATIVE African women.

Medscape reports: "A large study to determine if pre-exposure prophylaxis could prevent HIV transmission among high-risk women failed to show any significant differences between those who took oral medication or vaginal gel or placebo medications in protection against acquiring infections."  http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/CROI/37659

Read more: http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/909/9/

There are many elements of concern about the Mississippi baby story--who has been identified as a girl.

The Wall Street Journal reported:

"...at about 18 months, for reasons that aren't clear, the mother stopped bringing the baby in for the checks. Dr. Gay summoned health-department and child-protection workers, who found her last August, and she returned to the clinic.  The baby had been off therapy for at least five months, Dr. Gay said. Before resuming treatment, Dr. Gay ordered a test to make sure the baby's virus hadn't developed resistance to any of the drugs. To her astonishment, technicians couldn't find any virus to test." "At first, Dr. Gay worried that she had been treating an uninfected baby for more than a year."    

How often, one wonders, have doctors like Dr. Gay, subjected uninfected, healthy babies to retroviral drugs?

If there are some reported cases of "babies clearing the virus, even without treatment"--as reported in The New England Journal of Medicine--why are doctors and government researchers only focusing on aggressive prescribing regimens using multiple drugs at ever higher doses?

Another concern is doctors who are summoning "child protection workers" to coerce individuals into submission of their babies to possibly unnecessary aggressive treatment. 

Indeed, had the Mississippi mother obeyed the baby's doctors, by not withdrawing the aggressive drug regimen from her infant, that baby would have been condemned to be on those drugs for life!

Read our expanded discussion on our website:  http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/909/9/

Vera Sharav

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