By giving away millions of dollars to HIV and AIDS reseach, does the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation play in the hands of pharmaceutical companies to the detriment of people with (alleged) hiv and aids?

Probably.

Is the foundation evil?

Probably not.

I sincerely believe that Bill and Mel do what they think is best. As far as I know neither of them has experienced HAART, a positive test result and long may they live without ever having to!

The title link was sent to me in a comment to a previous post. Obviously its author did not read the blog or understand my position since he accuses me of backing pharmaceutical companies, promoting a cure and a vaccine and tells me that my foundation belongs to Bill and Melinda. For those reasons I did not allow the comment to be published but do take all suggestions into careful consideration.

The link relates to a LA Times article published in January 2007 which shows the Foundation in a very bad light.

The Times found that the Gates Foundation has holdings in many companies that have failed tests of social responsibility because of environmental lapses, employment discrimination, disregard for worker rights, or unethical practices.

More worryingly, the article explains that the foundation has major holdings in companies which directly counter countered the foundation’s charitable goals, e.g.

Pharmaceutical companies that price drugs beyond the reach of AIDS patients the foundation is trying to treat.

Do we believe Bill and Mel are doing this on purpose to make even more money for themselves? Is this an unavoidable countereffect encountered by most philanthropical enterprises? I believe they are doing their best to help but what do you think?

Vote now.

Gleaned from a seemingly abandoned blog, this cute contribution by an adorable individual.



AIDS=Adorable Individual Determined to Survive




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Green Tea Against HIV

Saturday 31 March 07

The latest scientific breakthrough: “Green tea could reduce the risk of becoming infected by HIV.”

It’s to do with flavanoids, of course. Green tea manufacturers are on to something there, just like the hiv drug manufacturers who also claim that their products ‘could’ have an effect (which leaves it open to interpretations that it ‘could’ be snake oil).

In fact in my own lab I established that eating beef burgers ‘could’ reverse aging (as opposed to starvation which causes you to die quicker looking very old indeed).

Help Parenzee spread HIV?

Friday 16 March 07

DC Indymedia ask us to Help save Andre Parenzee by sending in some money.

I blogged earlier ahout Parenzee. While I’d love to see this man win his case for the possibilities it would open to the rest of us, on the other hand, I know the profound distress that the people who are sueing him would feel.

Although he seems very confident that hiv does not exist, I believe he should have listened to other people’s opinion. There was a doubt, however slight it may be in some people’s mind, I should think that it would warrant taking precautions.

Better safe than sorry. I want to keep an open mind to both arguments and wait for the judge’s decision.

In this 2000 article on CBS Sportsline.com the journalist informs us that Morrison is probably no more than a lunatic when it comes to his HIV status. Has history proven him -and everyone- wrong?

The likelihood is that Morrison did contract the virus and there is no false positive. There must be a part of him that knows this. When speaking to Morrison, a fighter I have long admired for his hard punches and courage in the ring, he vacillates between the two opposites, using language that seems to acknowledge he is HIV positive, and verbiage that conversely says he does not have it.

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