Lost Voices from the Hepatitis Trials
dmj7 at bellsouth.net
Sun Jan 16 11:10:31 EST 2000
On Sat, 15 Jan 2000 02:52:04 GMT, "Thomas Keske" <TKeske at mediaone.net>
>LOST VOICES FROM THE HEPATITIS TRIALS
>The following excerpted from QUEER BLOOD: The Secret AIDS Genocide
>Plot by Alan Cantwell Jr., M.D. The book is available from ARIES
>Rising Press, P.O. Box 29532, Los Angeles, California 90029 $12.95
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>A rare published account of a volunteer injected in the gay
>experiment appears in AIDS: The Ultimate Challenge. Elisabeth Kubler-
>Ross recounts Peter's story through the words of an ex-alcoholic drug
>abuser and prostitute who cared for Peter during his last months. In
>1980 Peter volunteered for the hepatitis B experiment in San
>Francisco. He recalled being taken into a room and injected. The
>nurse said, "Oh, don't worry. We're not giving you anything that will
>make you sick." Peter "said that he was told that a couple of times,
>and that after the injection he worried and was very sorry that he
>had been a part of the study. He was convinced that it was an
>experimentation of viruses that got out of hand."
>Peter was convinced that this is how the AIDS virus got started in
>the gay community. "He had an enormous amount of anger about it and
>it seemed that, at the time he was telling me about the story, most
>of the people that were in the hepatitis B study had already died of
>AIDS. A lot of his fear and anger came from that."
>Another angry gay man, who was injected in the experiment at the New
>York City Blood Center, wrote a letter published in the New York
>Native (July 30, 1990). He was a participant in the experiment for
>four years, and recalled all the time and energy he devoted to it.
>Now he was enraged that no outcomes of the study were being published.
>On multiple occasions he protested to Cladd Stevens, director of the
>Epidemiology unit at the Center.
>In August 1989, when the tone of his protests got louder, he received
>a letter from Dr. Stevens "acknowledging that their last major
>article had been published in JAMA in 1986, and that they had not
>published since. She promised at that time to send a newsletter to
>participants updating them on publications and other plans that never
>The gay volunteer was distraught. "As I see friends and acquaintances
>die all around me, I cannot but feel enraged by this waste of money,
>data, and people's time." He complained about the ethics of the Blood
>Center. He received quarterly reports indicating the number of "T
>cells" in the blood specimens he donated, but when his T cells
>dropped to abnormal levels, the follow-up letters stopped arriving.
>He worried: "Was this their subtle way of letting me know that I
>should consult a specialist in a hurry? ... It came as no surprise to
>me that when I left a recorded message at the Center in May of 1990
>saying that I was dropping out of the study, no one even bothered to
>call me back."
>After studying the hepatitis B vaccine trials for so long, it is
>difficult for me to imagine anyone who cannot see a connection
>between the gay experiment and the "gay plague." After the
>publication of AIDS and the Doctors of Death in 1988, I was not
>surprised when further details on the "outcome" of the gay experiment
>no longer appeared in the medical journals. The scientific world
>wanted to forget Wolf Szmuness and his vaccine trials.
>Although the evidence was circumstantial, it didn't take a rocket
>scientist to figure out the connection between AIDS and the hepatitis
>experiment. But during my study of the hepatitis trials, I had
>overlooked the most obvious piece of evidence linking AIDS to
>Szmuness' experiment. The strongest piece of evidence was in the
>tremendous success of the vaccine trials!
>According to June Goodfield: "In those (gay men) who received all
>three injections, 96% developed antibodies against the (hepatitis)
>virus. Overall, the vaccine was shown to be 92.3 percent effective in
>protecting high risk individuals against hepatitis B; these findings
>are of an order of magnitude that has never been equaled in any other
>vaccine trial, either before or since."
>The experiment could never have been so phenomenally successful if
>the gay men were infected with HIV before the experiment!
>The reason for this is now obvious. Recent studies have shown that
>hepatitis B vaccination is not very successful in immunodepressed
>people. In HIV-positive individuals, the success rate of the hepatitis
>B vaccine is about 50%, only protecting one out of two people
>infected with the AIDS virus.
>The gay men in Szmuness' study were healthy before the experiment--
>and damaged afterward. The experiment would have been a failure
>(never 96% effective) if the immune systems of the men hadn't been
>working at full capacity. The cohort was infected with HIV at the
>time of the experiment--not before.
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