Perfect Correlation Between T Cells, Viral Load and Health

Dear Christine,

According to AIDS experts quoted in the media, there is virtually a perfect correlation between health, T cell levels and viral load. My impression from everything I read and hear is that people who test HIV positive only get sick when these numbers are off, and that the only way to increase T cells and reduce viral load is by taking AIDS drugs.

If I’m understanding correctly, your web site says this is not necessarily the case. Can you explain further?

Thanks for your time,

Nadia K

Dear Nadia,

News reports on HIV and AIDS rarely introduce information that challenges popular beliefs, and when they do, it’s always characterized as an amazing, isolated incident. Do you remember the Berlin Patient? The anonymous individual that made headlines for (in the words of CNN) “controlling the virus that causes AIDS without any drugs?” The world media breathlessly described his experience of maintaining a low viral load after stopping AIDS treatment as unique and incredible when any reporter with a half a mind could find a hundred HIV positives just like him in Berlin, Barcelona, Boston or any other major city.

During the course of any given week, I hear from many people whose real life experiences conflict with widespread ideas that the drugs consistently reduce viral load and that having a low number or being “undetectable” brings about good health and higher T cells.

A case in point is an HIV positive man who, using only natural treatments, recovered rather remarkably from intractable candida and chronic respiratory problems. At the apex of his illness, he registered a viral load of 520,000. After recovery, his viral load measured 519,000! A story like his won’t make the news because it shakes the foundation of the HIV hypothesis. If viral load is a true and accurate measure of a destructive microbe at work, how can he (and others like him) experience vastly improved health with no improvement in viral load?

I find that such anomalies are the rule rather than the exception. This week alone I’ve worked with a positive man whose viral load has been "undetectable" for years though he’s never taken any AIDS medication, a gravely ill man with a very low viral load, and two different people with detectable viral loads who actually test HIV antibody negative. However interesting and thought provoking, none of their stories will appear in the news because they can’t be explained by the viral load/HIV hypothesis, and unlike the Berlin Patient, their experiences can’t be readily spun into some notion of promising new research.

According to the mainstream media, AIDS ad campaigns and government reports, anti-HIV medication is required to achieve low or undetectable levels of viral load—except of course in very rare instances. But in fact, unmedicated HIV positives with low or no viral loads are quite common. You can count me as one.

During an AIDS debate held at the University of Pittsburgh, I showed the medical records of an HIV positive individual that had their viral load and T cells tested every month for a year. I used his records to illustrate the unreliability of viral load as a measure of health and how these numbers don’t necessarily correlate with T cell counts or decrease with the use of AIDS drugs. Among the many contradictions to conventional ideology evidenced in his records were two separate occasions in which one drawing of blood sent to two different labs came back with two vastly different viral load readings; two T cells counts from two different labs done on the same day on the same blood that were more than twice as high at one lab (1,500) as the other (600); a decreasing viral load accompanied by decreasing T cells; an increase in viral load upon initiation of drug treatment; and normal health throughout all the ups and downs of the numbers. From my perspective, this person’s experience is quite common. Unfortunately, AIDS experts have never conducted the proper research to verify how often it may occur.

If we could conduct experiments in which a number of HIV positives on and off the medications have their T cells and viral load tested weekly or monthly at various labs, we could begin to officially learn if viral load, T cells and health add up the way we have been taught to believe.

Thanks for your question,


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