Q: A drug epidemic?

A: Yes, we are seeing, in the United States, some of the results of the drug culture which has reached epidemic proportions. In particular, psychoactive drugs, which are used by exactly the groups that are said to be at risk for HIV infection.

 

Q: What are the risk groups?

 A: Essentially 90 percent of AIDS cases are in two major risk groups--intravenous drug users and male homosexuals--as they have been since 1981. And I think it should be pointed out that it is not 'male homosexuality' which is the risk-homosexuality is as old as life, and it hasn't become any more dangerous in 1980 than it was in Socrates' and Plato's day.

We are looking at a very small segment of the homosexual population, namely those who are very active because they are aided by psychoactive drugs: cocaine, crack, amphetamines, poppers. And the conventional drugs that compensate for these: Valium, cigarettes, and alcohol. These individuals also get a lot of venereal infections, which require treatment by antibiotics. And with drug addiction often comes protein malnutrition. If you eat junk food and take drugs, you don't make T-cells and B-cells. And if that goes on for eight or ten years, it may become irreversible. And then you're talking about AIDS.

 

Q: What is your alternative to the virus-AIDS hypothesis?

 A: I call it the 'risk-AIDS' hypothesis. It proposed that non-infectious agents, such as psychoactive drugs, overmedication with antibiotics, and now, above all, AZT, are causing immune deficiencies and other deficiencies that are now called AIDS.

 

Q: Let's talk about AZT, the only federally approved treatment for AIDS. What is it?

 A: AZT is simply an analogue of one of the four building blocks of DNA. It's essentially chemotherapy--it was developed to treat leukemia--designed to kill fast-growing cells. In the case of AIDS, it's aimed particularly at lymphocytes, the immune system. It kills cells. That's the one thing we can say for sure about it.