We know that the global AIDS epidemic that began in Africa in the 1970s leaped from a rare simian immunodeficiency virus [SIV] which destroys the function of the liver resulting in the death of the host. The transfer from simian to man occurred because the host monkey was part of the diet of the natives in the Guinea-Bissau area in Senegal, West Africa. The second proven host of SIV were the two species of the sooty mangabey monkey in Senegal, West Africa which naturally carry a strain of the simian immunodeficiency virus, SIVsmm, produced what would become known as HIV-2. Early investigations of the transfer of SIV from ape to human centered on the common West and Central Africa chimpanzee. Research scientists trying to recreate the history of HIV-AIDS decided the reports of the common chimpanzee transfer of SIV to humans preceded the Senegali epidemic and thus, called that human immunodeficiency virus HIV-1 and the sooty mangabey cross-over, HIV-2.
In the view of this writer most of the early history of AIDS is guesswork at best and sheer poppycock at worst as social engineers tidy up history to fit the perception the revisionists are selling—the mantra that the homosexual community is blameless for the spread of AIDS around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.
Revisionist reporters suggest that AIDS has been around at least since the 1930s, basing their supposition of three things. First, a writer in Europe (without any specifics) claimed that when an unidentified man died from an unknown virus in the Congo in 1956, the doctor treating him preserved a blood sample. After AIDS was catalogued, the writer claimed his patient had died of HIV, which he had only been able to partially identify. He claimed his blood sample contained two of the six genes in the complete HIV genome. Second, on June 28, 1959 Ardouin Antonio, a 49-year-old Jamaican died from pneumonia caused by a yeast fungas called pneumocystis jirovecii. This fungas is usually found in people with lung cancer—or, cancers caused by AIDS. Since AIDS, the "homosexual plague of the 80s," had not yet been catalogued as a disease, the gay community found a snippet from medical history to show that Patient Zero was not a gay man, particularly since in the pre-AIDS world (1970) the daughter of a Norwegian sailor, Arvid Noe, contracted AIDS in 1974 and died of kidney failure in January, 1975. She was followed in death, in 1976, by her father—who also died of AIDS.
AIDS, in the beginning, was a third world disease not caused by casual homosexual sex. The AIDS genome is one of the heartiest viruses in the world. In medical or dental offices where medical instruments are sterilized after usage, a temperature of 400°F is needed to kill the AIDS virus. It's unlikely that the livers of either the sooty mangabey monkey or the common chimpanzee and its cousin, the pygmy chimpanzee which commonly ended up as dinner fare of the natives in West Africa were cooked with a thermometer to make certain dinner was safely prepared. But that's likely how SIV entered the human genome.
In 1964 Wayne University School of Medicine research scientist, Jerome Horwitz, synthesized azidothymidine, more commonly known as AZT, the antiretroviral medication (marketed under the name of Retrovir™), the first AIDS suppression drug (which slows the progression of AIDS but does not kill it). Advocates opposing the pre-Zero AIDS victim theory argue that Wayne University would not have invested millions of dollars to find a cure for a disease not yet known, therefore logic suggested to them that AIDS predated the dubbing of Gaten Dugas, a 31-year old Canadian airline steward as AIDS Victim Zero.in 1984 by the Centers for Disease Control. However, what Horwitz was trying to synthesize was a cancer-killing drug, not one to kill a disease he did not know existed.
Gaten Dugas became voraciously homosexually active in 1971 at the age of 19. A few years later Dugas was a flight attendant for an airline which traveled all over the western hemisphere and Europe. As the CDC begin investigating illicit homosexual liaisons in America's largest cities (which quickly developed into scores of homosexual networks across the United States and around the world), they found Dugas to be at the center of most of the networks they uncovered. As the CDC joined with the World Health Organization to investigate gay bars and bathhouses worldwide, It appeared to be the consensus of both the CDC and WHO that whenever a gay network (which, in the 1980s were both illegal and very secretive) was uncovered, Gatan Dugas was always somewhere near the center of it. The CDC and WHO did not name Dugqas "Patient Zero" because they believed he was the first person in the western hemisphere to contract AIDS, but because he appeared to be more actively infecting others with the virus than any other homosexual they were tracking.
In the 1980s as medical scientists frantically searched for a cure for AIDS, and before Wayne University realized they already had it, homosexual rights groups were pleading with the Democratic Congress to shovel money into AIDS research. When nothing of any sizeable consequence happened, those activist groups blamed President Ronald Reagan for trying to kill off the gay community because they always voted for Democrats. It was in 1987, with mounting pressure from liberal activists to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on AIDS research, that Sen. Jesse Helms [R-NC] came out swinging on the floor of the Senate. "We've got to call a spade a spade and a perverted human being a perverted human being," Helms lashed out as he introduced an amendment to the fiscal 1988 Appropriations Bill that would allow President Ronald Reagan to add HIV to the list of excludable diseases which would prevent people affected with HIV from traveling or immigrating to the United States. It also prohibited the US Centers for Disease Control from funding any AIDS programs that, in any way, promoted or condoned homosexual activities. Helms biggest detractor on the Senate floor was Sen. Edward Kennedy—who quietly, and without any fanfare, voted to approve the amendment. It passed by a vote of 96 to 2, with two members abstaining. Reagan added AIDS to the travel ban. He refused to sign on to the mega-million dollar research subsidy demanded by the Gay Men's Health Crisis (now called GMHC) and other gay rights organizations. Homosexual, lesbian and bi-sexual rights groups demanded the White House spend the money or face the consequences (which became all too clear all too soon). The gay community reportedly began donating blood, believing if they infected the heterosexual community Reagan would be more willing to fund AIDS research and find a cure for the deadly disease.
From Jan., 1976 to July, 1981 the CDC estimated that 94% of all cases of AIDS came exclusively from male homosexual misconduct. Only one female case of AIDS was reported by the CDC during that 5 year period. The CDC classified AIDS as a disease spread entirely by homosexual activity (which is why heterosexual taxpayers were reluctant to allow politicians to spend their tax dollars searching for a cure which many believed did not exist because they were wrongly convinced God created AIDS as a punishment for those who engaged in same-sex sex).
By 1982, medical researchers knew that AIDS was a retrovirus [RNA] with the ability to attach itself to the DNA of its host victim. In its 1987 report, supporting the gay rights protest against Ronald Reagan, the New York Times, in an attempt to mitigate the catastrophic spread of AIDS, estimated that by 1991 it was possible that as many as 270 thousand people nationwide might have AIDS. Some of those victims, the Times supposed, might be heterosexual drug users.
During the Clinton years a scandal which, according to Ambrose Evans Pritchard, personally tied Clinton to the corrupt practices of a blood plasma contractor, Health Management Associates (who reportedly paid massive kickbacks to Gov. Bill Clinton for access to the Arkansas prisons) where they harvested blood plasma from convicts infected with viral hepatitis and HIV for sale to foreign countries. The infected convicts were paid for their blood in order to provide them with small incomes to buy incidentals not provide by the State while they were incarcerated. None of the harvested blood was reportedly checked for the HIV retrovirus (mostly from IV drug users). HIV-tainted blood plasma from Cummins Prison in Arkansas was sold to whole blood and plasma suppliers in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Japan to treat hemophiliacs and those with catastrophic illnesses—both civilian and military. The Canadian Red Cross tracked the plasma back to the Arkansas penal system. In July 2006, the Canadian government approved a $1 billion compensation settlement for the "forgotten hemophiacs" treated by the Canadian government healthcare system. The Canadian Red Cross pleaded guilty to dispensing retrovirus tainted blood products and infecting Canadian citizens with HIV and Hepatitis C.
Apparently the New York Times sources the CDC only when their data makes Christian America look bad. In 1986—a year before the New York Times article—Dr. J.W. Curran, a CDC epidemiologist, reported that between two and three million Americans were permanently infected with the AIDS virus, adding that "..in many areas, the AIDS virus is at least one hundred times greater than the reported cases of AIDS." A year earlier, on July 22, 1985, Dr. Dani Bolognesi of Duke University Medical Center testified before Congress where he said that it was his educated opinion that over two million US citizens were permanently infected with Hepatitis-C, and were at risk of having full-blown AIDS. Those numbers, he said, would double every year. Tragically for the American people, there has been a very deliberate misinformation campaign about AIDS due largely to the gay rights lobbyists and an increasingly communist government in Washington, DC that conceals rather than reveals. The CDC is too political for the American people. For that reason, when you look at their website or the articles they post, you may learn how many new cases of Hepatitis A, B, C, D or E were reported last year, but they won't report the total number of people infected.
Looking at the Hepatitis universe at the end of 2014 (the latest CDC statistics I have), the total number of Hepatitis affected Americans (excluding Hep-A which the CDC either doesn't feel a medical or political need to track, or the number of affected people is so high they won't release the data). Instead, they claim because there's an effective vaccine for Hep-A, it's not a problem that merits close scrutiny. Therefore, skipping Hep-A, conservatively, there were 10.7 million Hepatitis B through E victims in the United States two years ago. Adding anywhere from one to two million new Hepatitis B, C, D and E victims each year, we now have between 12.7 million and 15 million Hepatitis victims in the United States today. And, the number will continue to grow because no one's talking about AIDS anymore when, in fact, the threat to American lives continues to grow because two of these retroviruses—Hep-A and Hep E—are now water transmitted. When HIV first appeared some four and a half or five decades ago the virus was only transmitted by direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids. Everything evolves.
On Wednesday, May 4, 2016 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] announced that one infectious disease now kills more people than all other infectious diseases in the United States—combined. That disease? Today, the leftwing media calls it HCV, or by its long form name, Hepatitis C. They used to call it HIV-AIDS. But since AIDS is a death sentence disease, and people with active AIDS are still shunned because, with all of the politically-correct rhetoric notwithstanding about how hard it is to transmit Hep C, or HCV, from one person to another, or how easy it is to protect yourself from contracting the infection through association, the opposite may actually be true.
When AIDS became pandemic in the mid-1980s to the early 1990s, the aficionados of political correctness poophahed the threat of Hep C by saying "...the AIDS virus is so fragile that you can kill it simply by spraying any surface a cough or sneeze may have landed with common household bleach." The simplification was an erroneous oversimplification because chlorine bleach is one of the few non-medical things that you would likely have in your home, which will kill the hepatitis-C virus. If anyone infected with hepatitis-C coughed on your kitchen table or counter top and you wiped the surface with a cloth containing your regular dish detergent, the virus would survive on that dry surface for ten days. Which means if you somehow got the still-living virus on your hands and, for any reason, licked that area of your hand, the likelihood of your being infected with Hep-C would be probable.
The CDC data from the 2014 National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System [NNDSS] document noted that all reported viral hepatitis case are received electronically from all 50 States and US territories weekly through the CDC's computerized pubic health surveillance system. While the tracking system was originally created to track Hepatitis-C (new or past [newly released] data on acute or chronic infections) case logs on Hepatitis-B viral infections [HBV] were also being tracked. HCV infections account for the greatest number of cases. However, only 37 States filed HCV reports with the CDC while 40 States, in 2014, reported on people infected with chronic HBV infections.
Keep in mind there are major differences between Hep-A, Hep-B, Hep-C, Hep-D, Hep-E and Hep-G. We're concerned, at the moment, with four of them—A, B, C and E.. There is such an ingrained fear of Hepatitis C, that when someone mentions the word "hepatitis," images of AIDS always come to mind. However, while they are all infections of the liver, they are caused by different viruses with different modes of transmission which impact the liver in different ways.
Hep-A infections come from contaminated food or water. A vaccine is now used to kill that virus. Hep-E is also transmitted by contaminated water. But, until a few months ago, there was no vaccine for this liver virus (which is pandemic in southeast Asia). China has developed what they claim is the world's first vaccine to prevent Hep-E (a non-enveloped, positive-sense, single-stranded ribonucleic acid [RNA] virus), but it's not yet available in the West. Fortunately (or, "sometimes" fortunately), the symptoms of Hep-E, a self-limiting form of hepatitis usually resolves itself in days or weeks. While most people stop counting at Hep-C, you may not be familiar with Hepatitis E. Over 20 million people in Southeast Asia fell victim to HEP-E last year. Of them, there were 3 million symptomatic cases which turned into fulminant hepatitis (acute liver failure) and required hospitalization. Of those, 56,900 died. Why? Because Hep-E, like Hep-A, is spread by drinking water contaminated with human urine or waste from carriers of the hepatitis retrovirus. Additionally, Hep-A is also spread by eating foods contaminated with human waste. Hep-A is rarely life-threatening.
In the poverty-strickened third world, healthy sanitary conditions are pretty much non-existent. What that means is that if you pee in the water you drink bad things, like Hepatitis A or E, will happen. By the way, Hep-A and Hep-E aren't just third world diseases. They also happen in the industrialized nations as well. You live in a big city like San Francisco or or any mega-metropolis with a large homosexual community. Like you, they urinate in a toilet. That urine ends up in the city sewer system. The urine and fecal matter ends up in a waste treatment plant where the liquid is separated from the solids. The solids—now sludge—are dried and processed into fertilizer. Can you get the Hep-C virus from the feces or the urine? Not likely.
A trained hemotogist would have to answer that question clinically and more accurately. The transport system Hep-B, Hep-C and Hep-D use is blood. My uneducated guess would be that because Hep-A and Hep-E are transported by water, the potency of the virus is less lethal, and may even morph into another, less deadly hepatitis virus. For example, among the various hepatitis retroviruses is Hepatitis-G, identified in 1995,and now designated as Hepatitis GB or HP-gV or GBV-C. When hematologists realized it was a non-A or non-B form of hepatitis, they named after its first known victim, Dr. G. Baker who fell ill from the same type of virus in 1966 and died from it. What hematologists initially thought was one virus turned out to be two new viruses in play that were directly linked to Hep-C (HIV-AIDS): Hep-G and Hep-GB belong to the flavivirdae family of viruses which is phylogenetically tied to Hep-C. Shocking as it may seem Hep-GBV-C appears to be a fourth genus in the flavivirdae family. GBV-C affects humans.
Now if you live in rural America where thousands of Americans every year buy a piece of converted farmland or a tract of pastureland, you are likely going to build on a lot not supplied by city water or city sewage. If so, you are likely facing the same problems with contaminated drinking water faced daily by millions of indigent people in the third world. Not only are you likely drinking your own family's urine waste, but if you have neighbors sharing the same water table that feeds water to your home, you are also drinking their's—and they, quite naturally, are drinking yours. Anything that gets into the ground water that you access through the water pump that brings water into your home is likely going to get into the water you drink from your kitchen sink from water filtered through the ground back to the water table which feeds your home.
Keep in mind that water filtration systems designed to remove organic nanoparticles of various chemical and organic materials from the tap water you drink, use for cooking and bathe in, may remove all of the debris found in the water table under your yard, but without repetitive redistillation to kill all the pathogens in the ground water, most filtration systems are designed to remove septic tank effluent from the ground water and organic chemicals like limestone, calcium and sulphur. To rid your well water of pathogens from diseases, chemicals or drugs (like cocaine, marijuana or heroin) which are excreted from the body through urine and enter the drinking water supply through a septic system, that recycled water needs to be repetitively distilled and repurified numerous times. Common dime store plastic distillers, which produce water with a hydrogen bond angle of 101° don't reach that level of health safety. Only distillers which continually redistill and repurify the water they distill, are capable of producing a permanent hydrogen bond angle of 114° which can kill those types of pathogens. Only one company in the world has the patented rights to that process: Westbrookville, New York-based Crystal Clear.
Contracting Hep-C from the water from your kitchen sink is next to impossible since HIV-AIDS is not transmitted by water. Hep-B, Hep-C and Hep-D are transmitted only by blood or other bodily fluids. The fear of catching Hepatitis from your drinking water is also remote, but remember that Hep-A and Hep-E are water-transmitted contagions transported by contaminated water, like the GBV-C virus which can enter the bloodstream in humans the same way bacteria enters the bloodstream, gaining access to the rest of the host's body in a condition know as "Viremia." (Viremia comes from the word virus and the Greek word for blood, "haima," meaning "blood virus.") Usually the condition, in humans, is temporary, lasting 4 or 5 days. It's known as "primary viremia." Secondary viremia occurs when the infection, traveling in the blood stream results in the secondary infection of tissue in other areas of the body. This is a process called "viral shedding" when the virus begins to replicate and the viral load reaches its natural host cell and attaches to it. Which is what blood-borne Hep-C does.
Once again, let me reiterate a point made at the beginning of this piece. Because the politically-correct socialist government officials in charge of "word use" in the United States have decided that the word AIDS is no longer politically-correct because in imbues negative feelings about the homosexual origin of the term where Hepatitis-C does not since AIDS initially affected the homosexual community and Hep-C affects the whole population.
And because that is so, and AIDS is no longer on everyone's lips and in their mind, they believe the disease has been defeated as it silently affects a population no longer being warned of its deadly nature. Do you get your water from a well? There was a book, and a movie, back in the late 1950s or 1960s entitled: "Don't Go Near the Water." Today, that moment from the past is a point to ponder. Well, for whatever it's worth, once again, you have my two cents worth on this subject. Until next time...