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World Man-Made AIDS Day - December 1

By Alan Cantwell, MD
©Copyright 2013


The AIDS epidemic in America rarely makes headlines anymore. In the mind of the public the disease, which officially started in June 1981,  is still believed to be a sexually-transmitted disease mostly affecting male homosexuals, drug addicts, prostitutes and promiscuous people. According to the Henry J Kaiser Foundation (March 22, 2103),  there are an estimated 1.8 million people in the U.S. who have been infected with HIV;  and over 650,000 people have died of the disease.

 Every December 1, we commemorate World AIDS Day as an opportunity to learn the facts about HIV/AIDS and put knowledge into action. This year (2013) there are 34 million people worldwide estimated to be living with AIDS/HIV. Twenty-two million have already died.

 How did this happen?  In my view,  the media and the AIDS establishment have never revealed to the public important facts concerning the epidemic and its origin. We are repeatedly told that HIV/AIDS  in the U.S.A,  came from Africa. But how is that sexually and biologically possible? How could a supposedly black African heterosexual disease (that  scientists claim has been around for decades or centuries in Africa)  suddenly transform itself into an exclusively white male homosexual disease in America in 1981, at a time when  an AIDS epidemic was unknown in Africa?

 Is AIDS, in reality, a man-made disease originally produced by human experimentation or human error? Could the bio-engineering of dangerous viruses that preceded the "gay plague" be responsible for the origin of AIDS? In view of covert and unethical government-sponsored human vaccine and radiation experiments that preceded AIDS, is it fair to blame gays, blacks and chimpanzees for a disease that could have been started by vaccine programs utilizing gays and blacks as guinea-pigs? Is there an AIDS cover-up?

 There  is strong evidence to suggest that HIV/AIDS is indeed a man-made disease, and it is time to "rewrite history" to include long-forgotten and suppressed facts about AIDS and its origin.

 Since the beginning of  AIDS  there have been persistent rumors that the disease was man-made, and that HIV was deliberately "introduced" into the American gay and the African black populations as a germ warfare experiment. This  so-called conspiracy theory was quickly squelched by virologists and molecular biolologists, who blamed primates in the African bush and human sexuality for the introduction and spread of HIV.

 In the fall of 1986 the Soviets shocked the world by claiming that HIV was secretly developed at Fort Detrick, the U.S. Army's biological warfare unit. Although the claim was eventually dismissed as "infectious propaganda", Russian scientists had indeed worked hand in hand with scientists in the transfer of primate viruses and virus-infected tissue into various animal species (including monkeys and chimps) in the decade before AIDS appeared. However, with improved international relationships, the Russian accusation vanished. Although evidence supporting the man-made theory has never been seriously considered and reported by the  major U.S. media, the theory continues to be ridiculed.

 Creating AIDS in animals before the epidemic

 Lost in the history of AIDS is evidence pointing to HIV as a virus whose origin traces back to animal cancer retrovirus laboratory experimentation in the "pre-AIDS" years of the 1960s and 70s.

 Conveniently overlooked is the series of outbreaks of AIDS-like epidemics that broke out in U.S. primate centers, beginning in 1969. A decade before AIDS, the first of five recorded epidemics of "simian AIDS" erupted in a colony of stump-tailed macaques housed in a primate lab at Davis, California. Most of the macaques died. Two types of primate immunodeficiency viruses were eventually discovered as the cause. In 1974 veterinarians actually created an AIDS-like disease when newborn chimps were removed from their mothers and weaned exclusively on virus-infected milk from cows infected with "bovine C-type virus." Within a year the chimps died of leukemia and pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (the "gay pneumonia" of AIDS). Both diseases had never been observed in chimps before this virus-transfer experiment. Scientists still hunt for "ancestor" viruses of HIV in primates  in the African wild, but they  ignore the immunosuppressive primate viruses that were transferred between species in  laboratories  before AIDS erupted.

 The gay vaccine experiments that preceded AIDS (1978-1981)

 Scientists also discount any connection between the official outbreak of AIDS in 1981 and the experimental hepatitis B vaccine program (1978-1981) at the New York Blood Center in Manhattan that used gays as guinea pigs shortly before the epidemic. Researchers claim HIV incubated in Africa for more that a half century until AIDS broke out there in 1982. However, in the U.S. there was no incubation period for gay men. As soon as homosexuals signed up as guinea pigs for government-sponsored hepatitis B vaccine experiments, they began to die with a strange immunodeficiency  of unknown origin. The hepatitis B experiments began in Manhattan in the fall of 1978; the first few cases of AIDS (all young gays from Manhattan) were reported to the CDC in 1979.

 Scientists have also failed to explain how a brand new herpes virus was also introduced simultaneously  into gays, along with HIV, in the late 1970s. This herpes virus is now believed to be the cause of Kaposi's sarcoma, the so-called "gay cancer" of AIDS. Before AIDS, Kaposi's sarcoma was never seen in healthy young American men. Identified a decade after HIV, in 1994, this KS-causing herpes  virus is closely related to a primate cancer-causing herpes virus extensively studied and transferred in animal laboratories in the decade before AIDS.

 Also downplayed to the public is a new microbe (Mycoplasma penetrans), also of unknown origin, that was introduced into homosexuals, along with HIV and the new herpes virus. Thus, not one but three new infectious agents were inexplicably transferred into the gay population at the start of the epidemic (HIV, the herpes KS virus, and M.penetrans).

 In his book, Virus [2000], Luc Montagnier (the French virologist who co-discovered HIV at the Pasteur Institute in Paris) blames promiscuous American gay tourists for bringing this new mycoplasma to Africa, and for bringing back HIV. He provides no evidence for this homophobic theory. Nor does he mention the various mycoplasmas that were passed around in the 1970s in scientific labs as part of the Special Cancer Virus Program, and the fact that these microbes are frequent contaminants in virus cultures and vaccines.

 Why are all these simultaneous original introductions of new infectious agents exclusively into gay men ignored by scientists? And how are these introductions explained?

 Why are scientists so opposed to the man-made theory? And why do they believe so passionately in the chimp "out of Africa" theory? One explanation might be that scientists don't want the public to know what happened to the tens of thousands of imported primates who were held captive in laboratories throughout the world in the decade before AIDS.

 The forgotten Special Virus Cancer Program (1964-1977)

 Much more likely to have spread primate (chimp and monkey) viruses to human beings is the largely forgotten government-sponsored Special Virus Cancer Program (SVCP) and its close ties to the military bio-warfare establishment. Beginning in 1964, this  research program  was responsible for the development, the production, the seeding, and the deployment of various animal cancer and immunosuppressive AIDS-like viruses and retroviruses. These laboratory altered viruses were capable of inducing disease and cell transformation when transferred between animal species and also when transplanted into human cells and tissue. The mission of the SVCP was to collect various human and animal cancers from around the world and to grow large amounts of cancer-causing viruses. As a result, thousands of liters of dangerous man-made viruses were adapted to human cells and shipped around the world to various laboratories. The annual reports of the SVCP contain proof that species jumping of animal viruses was  a common occurrence in  the  decade before AIDS.

 Connected with the SVCP were the most famous future American AIDS scientists, such as Robert Gallo (the co-discoverer of HIV), Max Essex of "cat AIDS" fame, and Peter Duesberg, who claims HIV does not cause AIDS. Gallo and Essex were also the first to promote the widely accepted African green monkey theory of AIDS. This theory was proven erroneous as far back as 1988, but was heavily circulated among AIDS educators and the media until the theory was superceded by the chimp theory in the late 1990s.

 Biowarfare research, primate research and the SVCP

 Also joining forces with the SVCP at the National Cancer Institute  were the military's biological warfare researchers. On October 18, 1971, President Richard Nixon announced that the army's biowarfare laboratories at nearby Fort Detrick, Maryland, would be converted to cancer research. As part of Nixon's so-called War on Cancer, the military biowarfare unit was renamed  the new Frederick Cancer Research Center.  According to the 1971 SVPC annual report, the primary task of the now jointly connected National Cancer Institute-Frederick Cancer Research Center was "the large scale production of oncogenic (cancer-causing) and suspected oncogenic viruses to meet research needs on a continuing basis." Special attention was given to primate viruses (the alleged African source of HIV) and "the successful propagation of significant amounts of human candidate viruses." Candidate viruses were animal or human viruses that might cause human cancers.

 For these experiments a steady supply of research animals (monkeys, chimpanzees, mice, and cats) was necessary; and multiple breeding colonies were established for the SVCP. Primates were shipped in from West Africa and Asia for experimentation; and virus-infected animals were shipped out to various labs worldwide. By 1971, a total of 2,274 primates had been inoculated at Bionetics Research Laboratories, under contract to Fort Detrick. By the early 1970s, experimenters had transferred cancer-causing viruses into several species of monkeys, and had also isolated a monkey virus (Herpesvirus saimiri) that would have a close genetic relationship to the new Kaposi's sarcoma herpes virus that produced the "gay cancer" of AIDS in 1979.

 In order to induce primates and other research animals to acquire cancer, their immune system was deliberately suppressed by drugs, radiation, or cancer-causing chemicals or substances. The thymus gland and/or the spleen were removed, and viruses were injected into newborn animals or into the womb of pregnant animals. Some animals were injected with malaria to keep them chronically sick and immunodepressed.

 In the decade before AIDS, Gallo was a project officer of a primate study that pumped cancerous human tissue, as well as a variety of chicken and monkey viruses, into newborn macaques (a small species of monkey that carries a close relative of the KS virus). Recorded in the 1971 SVCP report (NIH-71-2025), Gallo's project notes state: "Inasmuch as tests for the biological activity of candidate human viruses will not be tested in the human species, it is imperative that another system be developed for these determinations, and subsequently for the evaluation of vaccines or other measures of control. The close phylogenetic relationship of the lower primates to man justifies utilization of these animals for these purposes."

 The end of the SVCP and the birth of AIDS

 By 1977 the SVCP came to an inglorious end. According to Gallo, "Scientifically, the problem was that no one could supply clear evidence of any kind of human tumor virus, not even a DNA virus, and most researchers refused to concede that viruses played any role in human cancers. Politically, the Virus Cancer Program was vulnerable because it attracted a great deal of money and attention and had failed to produce dramatic, visible results." Despite all this, the SVCP was the birthplace of genetic engineering, molecular biology, and the human genome project. More than any other program it built up the field of animal retrovirology, which led to the vital understanding of cancer and immunosuppressive retroviruses in humans.

 As the SVCP was winding down, thousands of gay men were signing up as guinea pigs in government-sponsored hepatitis B vaccine experiments in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These same cities would soon become the three primary epicenters for the new "gay-related immune deficiency syndrome," later known as AIDS. Two years after the termination of the SCVP, the introduction of HIV into gay men (along with a herpes virus and a mycoplasma) miraculously revived retroviral research and made Gallo the most famous scientist in the world.

 Could primate virus-contaminated hepatitis vaccines given to gay men lie at the root of the AIDS epidemic? In the early 1970s the hepatitis B vaccine was developed in chimpanzees. Was HIV (and the KS herpes virus and a new mycoplasma) introduced into gays during these vaccine trials when thousands of homosexuals were injected in Manhattan beginning in 1978, and in the West Coast cities in 1980-1981?

 When a blood test for HIV became available in the mid-1980s, the NY Blood Center's stored gay blood specimens were reexamined. Most astonishing is the statistically significant fact that 20% of the gay men who volunteered for the hepatitis B experiment in New York were discovered to be HIV-positive in 1980 (a year before the AIDS epidemic became "official" in 1981). This signifies that Manhattan gays in 1980 had the highest incidence of HIV anywhere in the world, including Africa, the supposed birthplace of HIV and AIDS. And, according to Montagnier,  epidemic cases in Africa did not appear until 1982 at the earliest.

 Although denied by the AIDS establishment, a few researchers are convinced that these vaccine experiments served as the vehicle through which HIV was introduced into the gay population. My own extensive research into the hepatitis B experiments is presented in AIDS and the Doctors of Death: An Inquiry into the Origin of the AIDS Epidemic [1988], and in Queer Blood: The Secret AIDS Genocide Plot [1993].  

 Never mentioned by proponents of the chimp theory is the fact that the New York Blood Center established a little-known chimp virus laboratory in West Africa in 1974. One of the purposes of VILAB II, at the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research in Robertsfield, Liberia, was to develop the hepatitis B vaccine in chimps. A few years later this vaccine was inoculated into gays at the Center in Manhattan.  In a video available on Youtube, Hepatitis B vaccine-maker Maurice Hilleman admits  to a small group of associates, "I brought African green monkeys in (from Africa)...I didn't know we were IMPORTING AIDS VIRUS at the time [i.e. that is between 1970-1973]! Unbelievably, the audience is heard laughing at his astounding admission. The video, courtesy of Leonard Horowitz,  and  entitled "Merck drug company admits injecting cancer viruses"   can be viewed at

 Also closely allied with "pre-AIDS" development of a hepatitis B vaccine is the little publicized primate colony outside New York City called LEMSIP (the Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery). Until disbanded in 1997, LEMSIP supplied New York area scientists with primates and primate parts for transplantation and virus research. Founded in 1965, LEMSIP was affiliated with the New York University Medical Center, where the first cases of AIDS-associated Kaposi's sarcoma were discovered in 1979. Researchers at NYU Medical Center were also heavily involved in the development of the experimental hepatitis B vaccine used in gays; and the Medical Center received government grants and contracts connected with biological warfare research beginning in 1969, according to Leonard Horowitz, author of Emerging Viruses: AIDS and Ebola [1996].

 AIDS and covert human medical experimentation

 Although rejected completely by most scientists, the man-made theory of AIDS is a rational explanation for the origin of HIV. This theory is partly based on an awareness of the gene-polluting activities and species jumping virus experiments of irresponsible scientists during the two decades before the epidemic.

 In addition, the record clearly shows that scientists and biowarfare scientists experiment secretly on unsuspecting people. Horrific aspects of the Cold War Human Radiation Experiments attest to the fact that covert medical experimentation is not an "X-Files" fantasy or a totally paranoid belief. How many secret and covert unethical medical experiments  never come to the attention of the public? For instance, it was reported in  August 2011 that a researcher,  quite by accident,  came across data on a secret Guatemala syphilis experiment, sponsored in part by the US Public Health Service, during the years 1946-1948, in which Guatemalans were deliberately infected with sexually transmitted diseases. For more details, consult the Wikipedia for  the “Guatemala syphilis experiment.”

 It is easy to understand why researchers might want to obscure the man-made origin for AIDS and blame primates, gay men, and blacks. It is now apparent that most of the major researchers promoting the African primate origin of AIDS were connected with the largely unknown Special Virus Cancer Program, or are scientists involved in the transfer of viruses in animal research, particularly primate research.

 From the very beginning of the epidemic, researchers disclaimed any connection between AIDS and cancer, as well as any connection between HIV and animal retrovirus cancer research. In 1984, Gallo originally named HIV a cancer-causing "leukemia/lymphoma" virus. To obscure the cancer connection, the name was immediately changed to "lymphotropic" virus. In actuality HIV is not a “human” virus, it is a primate virus that was transferred to humans. We now know that HIV is a “cancer-causing virus” and greatly increases the risk of developing certain forms of cancer.

 My own Kaposi's sarcoma research, first published in medical journals when AIDS erupted in 1981, showed "cancer-associated bacteria" as possible infectious agents in "classic" KS tumors. Before HIV was discovered in 1984, additional papers in 1982 and 1983 showed similar cancer bacteria in the enlarged lymph nodes and KS tumors of gay men with "gay cancer" and AIDS. Since the 1950s, so called "cancer bacteria" (as well as mycoplasmas) have been implicated in the cause of various cancers. This aspect of cancer research has been largely ignored and suppressed for decades by the cancer establishment. A history of this research and its relevancy to AIDS is the subject of my books, AIDS: The Mystery and the Solution [1984] and The Cancer Microbe: The Hidden Killer in Cancer, AIDS and Other Immune Diseases [1990].

 Ignoring my KS research, Robert Gallo, in his 1991 book, falsely claims that no infectious agent had ever been found in KS. The connection of HIV/AIDS to cancer has always been downplayed, as well as its connection with previous cancer research and covert biological warfare research. This cover-up conceals the possibility that AIDS, in reality, is a new man-made form of infectious (and contagious) cancer. This, of course, was what the Special Cancer Virus Program set out to prove. The Program would never have succeeded in proving this if HIV/AIDS had not fortuitously and conveniently erupted in the late 1970s exclusively in young gay men.

 Could a small coterie of government scientists concoct a bogus (but scientifically plausible) primate theory of AIDS origin and bamboozle the public to believe it in order to cover-up the truth?

 In the 1930s the world's most  highly respected German scientific community was  transformed by fascist beliefs proclaiming the genetic inferiority of the Jews and the genetic superiority of the German Master Race. This Nazi takeover of science and the media eventually led to the murder of millions in the Holocaust. Could the genetic science surrounding the origin of AIDS obscure a genocidal and world depopulation program of man-made origin — and blame gays, blacks, chimps and monkeys for starting the plague?

 It is time for the man-made theory of HIV to come out of the closet and be examined fairly. Proponents of this theory should not be dismissed as merely paranoid conspiracy theorists; and AIDS educators should educate themselves about this hidden history of AIDS and its implications for the origin of HIV and the start of a worldwide epidemic.

 It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out how laboratory researchers could have transformed, adapted, and inoculated a primate immunodeficiency virus into human beings via a vaccine for experimental and/or nefarious purposes.

 The secrecy and scientific disinformation surrounding the Human Radiation Experiments of the Cold War era, as well as the many unethical medical experiments performed on unsuspecting citizens over the past half-century, should have   taught us how easily government scientists can fool the public on scientific matters. And when it comes to scientific monkey business, no one does it better than governments.

 [Dr. Cantwell is a retired dermatologist and AIDS and cancer researcher, who has written extensively on the man-made origin of AIDS. E-mail address: Dr. Cantwell's books are available  from Book Clearing House @ 1-800-431-1579, and on the internet at



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