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UK registered charity is an AIDS denial front group

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The Immunity Resource Foundation (UK charity 1105986)  says that its aims include:

“(I) TO ADVANCE THE EDUCATION OF THE PUBLIC IN THE FIELDS OF MEDICINE, HEALTH CARE AND MEDICAL SCIENCE; AND
(II) TO RELIEVE SICKNESS AND ASSIST SICK AND DISABLED PERSONS …BY PROVIDING THEM WITH ACCESS TO INFORMATION CONCERNING DISEASES AND MEDICAL CONDITIONS (AND IN PARTICULAR AIDS) AND THE TREATMENTS, THERAPIES AND RESEARCH STUDIES RELATING THERETO, AND WITH ADVICE AND SUPPORT;”

But the scientific claims about AIDS published on the organisation’s website are dangerously inaccurate. On this page, Joan Shenton, the organisation’s “Founder and administrator”, suggests that AIDS “is not an infectious disease” and that “HIV cannot cause AIDS”.

The articles linked to on this page all lean in the same direction, and many of them are by known AIDS denialists, notably the discredited virologist Peter Duesberg and the journalists Neville Hodgkinson, Celia Farber and John Lauritsen.

A Harvard study published last year concluded that the adoption of AIDS denial in South Africa by the government of Thabo Mbeki in the early part of this decade had contributed to more than 365,000 preventable deaths. In a speech in 1999, Mbeki had cited “the huge volume of literature on this matter available on the Internet” in support of his position on HIV and AIDS.

Written by Richard Wilson

July 23, 2009 at 7:59 pm

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  1. Oh yes and Shenton is on the line up for the RA conf later this year. Her talk is on:

    “Censorship in the AIDS debate — the success of stifling, muzzling and a strategy of silence”

    Clearly they have not been very good at muzzling Shenton because she keeps jetting off to these crank fests to spew her denialism.

    BSE

    July 23, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    • It is the ultimate paradox, isn’t it – writing endless blog pieces and giving endless talks about how one is prevented from speaking freely…

      Richard Wilson

      July 23, 2009 at 8:39 pm

  2. “ADVANCING THE EDUCATION OF THE PUBLIC IN THE FIELDS OF MEDICINE, HEALTHCARE AND MEDICAL SCIENCE. THE IMMUNITY RESOURCE FOUNDATION IS A REGISTERED CHARITY OFFERING A DIGITISED INFORMATION BASE ON MEDICAL AND SCIENTIFIC ISSUES.”

    [Translation: “yet another kook with a website”]

    Snout

    July 24, 2009 at 10:43 am

  3. I’ve emailed a complaint to the Charity Commission asking them to investigate on the grounds of “serious harm to beneficiaries and, in particular, vulnerable beneficiaries” of the Foundation’s work.

    Naomi Mc

    July 26, 2009 at 12:05 am

  4. Cheers to Naomi Mc!! Way to be pro~active.
    Also, nice blog site, Naomi, Mc. I will be reading it often.
    JTD

    J Todd DeShong

    July 30, 2009 at 10:16 am

  5. […] a comment » I recently blogged about a UK registered charity called the “Immunity Resource Foundation”, whose official […]


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