This story has been making the rounds online–
— I only have the details you all can see there. Im not exactly sure what to make of this.
Long-time readers of ERV might expect me to do a post on how a psychotic woo-meister used his powers of woo to kill people, the trust people put into woo-ers who are uneducated charlatans vs physicians who spend years and years and years of their lives becoming experts…
But Im not.
Because without more details, I dont actually believe this story.
The man who is not HIV positive himself…
You all know Im not one for defending woo-ers, ‘unlicensed’ or not (lol, does it matter whether you have a made up degree in a made up topic?), but I dont get how what this man is accused of is possible, in light of the fact he is not HIV-1 positive.
The irony of HIV-1 is that safe inside the warm confines of the human body, it kills millions of people every year, it evades every drug treatment strategy we throw at it, it laughs in the faces of our attempts at vaccines. Outside of the human body, however, it is a total wuss. You look at it sideways and it falls apart.
Thats why the rumor that terrorists were planting ‘HIV infected’ bombs was stupid. There is no way HIV would survive as an infectious agent through all of that.
The reason why people can become infected via IV drug use is that 1) people are sharing needles. There isnt very much time between one person shooting up and the next. And 2) a needle one uses for shooting up can hold blood. A droplet of HIV infected blood can sit in a needle, protected from oxygen.
Do you see where this story isnt making sense?
The man accused of infecting these people with HIV-1 is not HIV positive. He would need to stick an infected person, and then immediately stick an uninfected person, if this was going to even have a chance of working as a psychotic murderous plan. And, he was using acupuncture needles, not syringe needles. There is nowhere for an HIV infected droplet to hide from the drying effects of oxygen. So he couldnt just infect a whole bunch of needles while no one was around, and then use them whenever he wanted to infect people. The blood would dry, and the HIV would be dead.
And ultimately, this is like a murder case where they cannot find the weapon, and they cannot connect a weapon to the accused murderer. Where is the HIV-1 infected individual this man was supposedly getting the HIV-1 from? What is his connection to this HIV-1 positive individual?
No motive. No weapon. And from my perspective, no viable explanation for how this murderous plot was carried out.
An equally (if not more) valid hypothesis is that one of the students was HIV-1 infected, either through sex or IV drug use, and spread it to the others, either through sex or IV drug use. A local ‘hot spot’ of infection you could (can) see in bars where lots of sex/drugs is going on (Ive read papers on different individuals getting infected by the same person on/near the same night). And now their teacher is their scape-goat.
I dont know.
But without more details, I cant ‘convict’ this guy from a scientific perspective.