To cast our eyes over what is now a relatively old news item, in July 2007 the New York Times published an article, "Morrison says error in HIV test hurt career". This relates to the boxer Tommy Morrison who was previously diagnosed HIV+ and effectively banned from boxing, but has subsequently been diagnosed HIV negative by various means and is now boxing again.
What's interesting about this is that Tommy Morrison is challenging the shibboleth that HIV tests are reliable, by virtue of having had several positive diagnoses previously and has now had several repeated negative diagnoses. This contradicts the presuppositions in the popular belief and mainstay of the HIV/AIDS orthodoxy that once you've 'got' HIV, you've got it for life. His results can only mean that either:
For years at any public event we've been bombarded with people wearing large and overly visible red ribbons, particularly on World AIDS Day, culminating in the ridiculous image in 2007 on Pop Idol where contestants were wearing such huge ribbons they must have been visible from satellites.
So what does the ribbon mean? And why can't re-thinkers about AIDS support it?
Celia Farber, the author of the controversial 2006 Harpers magazine article, 'Out of Control: AIDS and the corruption of medical science', has filed a libel suit against three prominent commentators who support the AIDS orthdoxy. Her article attracted a lot of attention, and Robert Gallo lent his name to a document called 'Errors in Celia Farber's March 2006 article in Harpers Magazine', listing what they claimed were 56 specific errors. This was extensively rebutted and documented by Rethinking AIDS and others.
The first candidate for the annual ‘science stating the bleeding obvious' prize of 2009 is a study just published that shows that quality and length of sleep can affect your immune system. Specifically, getting less sleep and / or poorer quality sleep makes your immune system less able to fight off infections. This should surely not be a big surprise to most people who have at some point in their lives been run down to some extent and have had less than adequate quantity and quality of sleep. But clearly, scientists felt it was important enough to get some quantitative measure of effect.