1: The projections made in the 1980s for the growth of Aids did not come true, particularly in low-risk groups. The growth still appears to be largely limited to homosexual males, intravenous drug takers and people whose immune system is under threat from other diseases.
2: The Concorde trials have revealed that AZT does not help people defined as HIV positive and in fact causes them harm.
3: The World Health Organisation's predictions for the spread of Aids in Africa are clearly false; a growing number of scientists accept that other diseases, particularly TB, are the real cause of many deaths.
4: The validity and accuracy of the HIV test is in doubt.
5: Research in the United States and Europe does link the regular use of amyl nitrate with the destruction of the immune system.
Clearly we could stick our heads in the sand, ignore uncomfortable facts and hold on to the increasingly threatened paradigm that there is only one cause of Aids. Or we can continue to report the facts as they emerge, however unacceptable they are to Mr Fenton. We will, of course, as any good newspaper would, do the latter.
Acting Editor, Sunday Times
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