While those of us here in the US can have a grand ‘ol time loling over wackaloon HIV-Deniers, not everyone on this planet shares that luxury.
There are places on this planet where woo is in control. The person with the political power to give or withhold life saving anti-retrovirals, doesnt believe they work.
She believes in magic.
The health minister in South Africa, where 1 in 5 adults is infected with HIV-1, believes that garlic, beet root, and glittery pixie dust, will ‘cure’ HIV-1 infections.
Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has been allowing (and potentially having a hand in actively covering up) illegal ‘clinical trials’ on the efficacy of Matthias Raths magic vitamins on treating HIV-1 infections. Matthias Rath and David Rasnick are just run of the mill snake-oil salesmen who have gotten themselves a pretty great gig…
UNTIL NOW BABY!
A GREAT laymens organization in South Africa called ‘Treatment Action Campaign‘ has been rallying against these assholes for years. They finally got Rath and Rasnick in trouble for friggen illegally performing clinical trials on poor HIV-1 infected individuals, who incidentally, dont get antiretrovirals from the government because their health minister supports Rath and Rasnick.
Guys, you have no idea how many hoops I have to jump through just to to RT-PCR on some decade old serum samples from Africa. You all have no idea. Ignoring those rules and regulations is one of the dumbest things you can do in Research World.
But heres my main point– Every time you start getting discouraged about some wackaloon Christian Dominionist speaking at the White House or passing some BS Creationist bill, dont give up your efforts. Treatment Action Campaign is a perfect example of what the collective efforts of laymen can achieve.