Reprinted from Credence Publications November 25, 2000,
http://www.creedence.org
Smart HIV Test is Dumb After All
By Steven Ransom
 
“When the gloss is stripped away, the “100% accuracy” confidently trumpeted for the new Smart Test is completely untrue. As with any other rapid test, it might show positive results on patients with other diseases or with high amounts of non-specific antibodies…”
 
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Inaccurate HIV Test Spells Potential Disaster for Argentina and South Africa
 
A quick and easy HIV diagnostic tool known as the “Smart Test” is the latest product being vigorously promoted by World Diagnostics Inc. The company’s web page (http://www.worlddiagnostics.com/news_f.htm) includes the following headlines: “WDI's HIV Tests Approved by Argentine Government” and “South African Government Validates HIV Rapid Test.”
 
“We anticipate that the [SA] business will add significantly to WDI's revenue and growth over the next twelve months… shipments are to begin in October to supply more than 500 government-run clinics with the rapid HIV diagnostics test… WDI's rapid HIV test is a 100 percent positive predictor,” reports Ken Peters, President and CEO of WDI.
 
Confident corporate statements, these may well be. Privately however, Dr Martin Muy, the Technical Affairs Vice President of WDI, is not so confident. And in a series of email correspondences, what he has admitted to Credence personnel spells potential medical disaster for South Africa and other recipient nations of the latest Smart Test. Before examining Dr Muy’s statements in more detail, let us briefly examine the inherent weakness fundamental to all HIV predictor kits. Let the reader be assured that a medical background is not necessary in order to grasp the key elements to the AIDS test controversy.
 
In no instance does any HIV test measure the presence of a virus. The test measures only raised levels of antibody activity in the blood sample supplied. Raised levels of antibody activity are a normal occurrence in the blood, and indicate primarily a well-functioning immune system. Scientific literature records in excess of 60 separate medical conditions that can raise sufficient levels of antibody activity in the blood to trigger a “false” positive reading. These separate conditions include flu, flu injection, malaria, tetanus injection, Hepatitis A and B, Hepatitis injections, renal failure, haemophilia (through the introduction of Factor VIII into the bloodstream), organ transplant, alcohol and drug use, recent viral infections and even pregnancy. These positive readings are then misinterpreted by the AIDS orthodoxy as indicating the presence of HIV. As a result of this misinterpretation, men, women and children across the world are being wrongly as HIV positive.
 
Quite shockingly, the above anomalies are well known to the major manufacturers of “HIV test kits,” and all leading brands carry with them a statutory disclaimer. The Abbott Laboratories AXSYM ELISA test for instance contains the following wording "At present, there is no recognised standard for establishing the presence or absence of antibodies to HIV-1 and HIV- 2 in human blood.”
 
To make matters worse, these manufacturers advise that confirmation of their test can be arrived at only by employing at least two other independent tests, and not their own. This is an excellent example of passing the buck, transferring ultimate responsibility and potential litigation difficulties onto a test product conveniently outside of their own manufacturing stable. To compound the issue, the independent “confirmatory” tests advised by these manufacturers all carry a similar disclaimer. Thus, a test admitting that it cannot determine the presence of HIV is being “corroborated” by two other equally imprecise antibody detection tests. In simple terms, a positive reading from any of these tests carries little or no diagnostic value. What comfort then for the thousands upon thousands of individuals who have been diagnosed HIV positive via these tests? Their lives have been quite needlessly ruined. Those who are battling for these simple facts to reach the wider public domain will know that the inaccurate nature of the HIV test represents only a small proportion of the inconsistencies in the AIDS and HIV debate—the global phenomenon that is increasingly becoming known as the greatest medical fraud of the 20th and 21st centuries.
 
And in the case of World Diagnostics International, when the gloss is stripped away, the “100% accuracy” it so confidently trumpets for its Smart Test is completely untrue. WDI’s 100% accuracy statement was arrived at by “confirming” their test with the Abbott Axsym system, the Pasteur Sanofi ELISA system, and then by Western Blot analysis.
 
The Abbott Axsym system we already know about. With regard to the Pasteur Sanofi product, a Mr Potter from Bio-Rad UK (a subsidiary of the organisation which has since bought out Pasteur Sanofi) admitted that illnesses such as malaria, typhoid and TB could show positive on their tests. He admitted also that their kit should not be used as confirmation of a positive result. Mr Potter further stated that as yet, no company has any diagnostic tool that will accurately predict HIVpositive status. Concerning the validity of the Western Blot test, head of the UK Public Health Laboratory Services Dr Phillip Mortimer has admitted that this test is not appropriate for use in confirmatory testing for HIV, and has abandoned the use of Western Blot.
 
Considering these factors, and the extent to which WDI is now contributing to world-wide HIV testing procedure, Credence Publications approached WDI under the assumed name of “Protec Diagnostics,” and posed some delicate questions with regard to the possibility of false HIV positives being delivered by their Smart Test. Dr Muy is the Technical Affairs Vice President of WDI, and a former Senior Product Development Manager for PharmaCorp, and engaged previously by such companies as BPL (UK), Schering Plough (USA), Ortman Biomedics (Switzerland) and Epitope (USA). Muy admitted to us the possibility of false positives, stating “…the disclaimer ‘false positive’ means that this rapid device—as with any other rapid device in the market—might show a positive result on certain samples coming from patients with other diseases, i.e, auto-immune diseases, or with high amounts of non-specific antibodies as happens in some diseases.”
 
When we asked how the WDI test could possibly be validated by tests that in themselves were equally unspecific, Muy could offer no guarantees and replied “I have to be honest with you; our rapid tests have the same drawbacks as the ELISA tests.”
 
Dr. Martin Muy, Technical Affairs Vice President of WDI, admitted the possibility of false positives, stating “…the disclaimer 'false positive' means that this rapid device—as with any other rapid device in the market—might show a positive result on certain samples coming from patients with other diseases, i.e, auto-immune diseases, or with high amounts of non-specific antibodies as happens in some diseases.”
 
In their thousands, WDI tests are now headed for parts of the world where the prevalent illnesses such as TB, malaria, cholera, poor sanitation and poverty related disease all elicit high levels of antibody activity in the bloodstream. The potential for misdiagnosis is rife. Simple medicines for simple illnesses will be overlooked, as thousands are quite falsely diagnosed HIV positive. These misdiagnosed unfortunates will then be fed that country’s generic versions of the latest AIDS drugs, in themselves highly toxic, and having the well-documented capacity to bring about immune-destroying illnesses and eventual death. More than likely, they will then go on to die a death that will quite wrongly be catalogued as “death from AIDS.”
 
We then asked how anyone could accurately and with full peace of mind pronounce a HIV positive status upon anybody. Dr Muy replied: “Regarding your question, I personally would not be satisfied with a rapid test nor with an ELISA test; that comes to a matter of ethics.”
 
So one is bound to ask: where are ethics on the “to do” list at WDI? At the time of writing, the latest headline on their web page announces an AIDS catastrophe “set to engulf Russia.” Having calculated the population of this vast continent, and despite the unnecessary misery, suffering and death WDI and their naïve purchasers may cause, it seems that World Diagnostics Inc are now set to clean up North as well as South.
 
When asked how anyone could accurately and with full peace of mind pronounce an HIV positive status upon anybody, Dr Muy replied: “Regarding your question, I personally would not be satisfied with a rapid test nor with an ELISA test; that comes to a matter of ethics.”
 
Steven Ransom.
Credence Publications

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