Maria Papagiannidou died last Sunday. Another very public and active denialist has kicked the bucket; sad but predictable. Her face and “story” is all over the internet. You can read more about her there. I know she contacted some people I know about starting HAART but presumably she left it a bit late. She and her husband did everything within their considerable powers to rubbish HIV science, question the medicine and scare people away from treatment: for that she’s now paid the ultimate price.
Maria Papagiannidou (or Μαρία Παπαγιαννίδου, if youre Greek), died on Sunday. She was an HIV-1 positive HIV Denier, and died (predictably) of a complication of HIV/AIDS, pulmonary embolism and thrombosis. HIV/AIDS patients are at ~10-20x risk of developing this as the general population.
You can find her all over the internet, telling people HIV is a lie, living a hypocritical life:
You can see many people who stopped the pills and wait to be celebrated all around the world in the documentary “The science of panic” by Isabel Otaduy Somme and Patrizia Monzani (2011). However some of them, me included, took protease inhibitors again for a while when faced with serious infections. This does not mean that we believe in the HIV/AIDS theory.
“…use arvs not as antiviral drugs but as suppressant drugs to stop inflammatory processes that are damaging to the organism…”
What a load of shit. If you want to calm down the immune system, we have a cadre of medications useful for that very purpose. What a coincidence that ‘certain patients’ who ‘the establishment’ calls’ HIV positive’ cant use those immunosuppressives. They need protease inhibitors (drugs that are not used as immunosuppressives in any other context, ever).
It is said that a cure for ‘AIDS’ cannot be found, but I was ‘HIV-positive’ for 10 years, had full-blown ‘AIDS’ for another 12 years and have now become perfectly fine again without any doctor’s intervention or medication.
Thats a lie. In the same dam book she says she was diagnosed in 1985, and on antiretrovirals until 2007:
On April 23, 2007, she stopped taking the pills prescribed against AIDS, became strong again and regained the freedom we all lost in 1984.
An HIV Denier taking antiretrovirals (then rationalizing it while maintaining their denialist position or pretending it never happened) reminds me of the quack cancer patients on Orac blog. The ones who use chemo, radiation, etc, but then pretend they didnt and credit their ‘success’ to their complementary quack treatment, and are surprised when they stop chemo/radiation (or in this case, ARVs) and are dead 5 years later (well, as surprised as a dead person can be).
Sad, disgusting, and infuriating.