I thought I had heard all the crazy conspiracy theories out there until I stumbled upon this one – there is a group called Alive and Well who believe that HIV does not cause AIDS and to make things even more kooky, they believe that HIV medication actually causes AIDS. “Alive and Well founder Christine Maggiore, who believes AIDS may be caused by HIV-related medications, anal sex, stress, and drug use, and implies that people should not get tested for HIV nor take medications to counter the virus”. (Quote from Mother Jones) It really boggles the mind doesn’t it?
To make matters worse, the Foo Fighters have gotten behind this “alternative AIDS information group” and are promoting their message at their concerts. Now this really makes my blood boil. I really don’t care what someone chooses to believe but when celebrities start promoting dangerous lies to their impressionable fans, then I start to get really angry. This group preaches that not only are HIV and AIDS not related, but HIV is not transmitted by sexual activity and that HIV doesn’t cause any disease. They also believe that if you do test positive for HIV that you shouldn’t take any of the conventional drugs that have been proved to halt the disease process, but instead you should explore homoeopathy, acupuncture and imagery. What utter rubbish!
Yet this is what the Foo Fighters are telling their teenage fans and who are teenagers going to believe the boring medical and science community or the lead singer of their favourite band? I bet it isn’t the medical and science community. Do we really want teenagers to start having unprotected sex due to the misguided belief that they can not get infected with HIV?
I wonder if these HIV deniers are also anti-vaxxers who believe vaccinations cause autism. It is the same kind of rubbish “science” based on lies and fears – and it is dangerous.