We Poisoned Our Own HIV+ Baby
Mother-of-two Kiersty Caesar-Taylor now believes that she and her husband, Donovan Taylor, unjustifably poisoned their young baby with medical treatments prescribed by their HIV consultant. Kiersty and Donovan, who were diagnosed HIV+ when their baby, named Rainbow Taylor, was 11 weeks old, at first followed medical recommendations to give the anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) prescribed by their medical consultant. At first Kiersty stopped breastfeeding and she also started Rainbow on ARVs prescribed by their consultant to reduce the possibility of Rainbow being infected in case she had not been infected with HIV already, but then they were told from a viral load test that she already had HIV. Kiersty was allowed to resume breastfeeding but was told to continue with the prescribed treatment for Rainbow, for at least a 2 year period as a minimum.
Positively False 2nd at Marbella film festival
'Positively False', the movie by Joan Shenton and Andi Reiss documenting the efforts of truth activists to fight against a scientific hegemony, has won second place at the Marbella Film Festival. Joan Shenton reported that many people expressed astonishment that they had not previously heard of the issue the film raises and also were horrified by the them.
The film can be viewed at http://positivelyfalsemovie.com/index.html
House of Numbers showing in North London
Cine Matters at the Community arts centre Passing Clouds in Dalston, North London, will be screening House of Numbers on Sunday 1st May 2011. Passing Clouds is a thriving and busy community centre, located here. The exact address is 1, Richmond Road, London E8 4AA, just off Kingsland Road, behind The Haggerston pub. If you find this, you're not far away. There's also a bar inside the community centre though so you may prefer to imbibe in the slightly more hippy environment of Passing Couds itself.
The nearest stations are Haggerston (330m) Dalston Kingsland or Dalston Junction, and buses are 38, 55, 67, 149, 242, 243. Note: Not all those stations are visible on Streetmap.co.uk, but they can be seen on the overground section of the london tubemap, available here.
The screening will start promptly at 7pm and afterwards there will be a discussion panel.
Special Showing of House of Numbers in London
There will be a special free showing of the multi-award-winning documentary House of Numbers on Sunday 13th March at 11am. The Cinema is The Shortwave Cinema in Bermondsey at 10 Bermondsey Square, London SE1 3UN.
House of Numbers examines many of the traditional beliefs about HIV/AIDS people take for granted by interviewing many of the worlds top AIDS experts, including Robert Gallo, Luc Montagnier, David Baltimore Robin Weiss, Anthony Fauci, James Curran, James Chin, Donald Francis, and other leading figures in the AIDS orthodoxy, as well as gay men who were heavily involved in gay culture and activism at the time that AIDS hit the public consciousness such as Martin Delaney and the now-late Hank Wilson who died recently. Director Brent Leung also questions several key figures who challenge orthodox perspectives such as Peter Duesberg and Nobel Laureate Kary Mulli. To uncover the facts director Brent Leung visits many desitnations round the world including AIDS hotspots such as South Africa.
House of Numbers has won multiple awards at film festivals including three 'best of festival' and several 'best documentary' awards, including the 'Golden Ace' winner at the Las Vegas film festival. At several film festivals there have been attempts to disrupt screenings. At the Raindance film festival in London in 2009 the organisers received enormous opposition in a bid to prevent the film being screened, prompting Xavier Rashid, one of the programmers and organisers, to say they'd received,
"...A dozen legal letters and threats, and warnings from scientists and HIV victims and solicitors in New York, all trying to make us pull out the film from the festival. Because of all this criticism that it was supposedly denialist we've had to go through it in 15 second intervals...to try and figure out if the criticism had any grounding, and we really did not find anything to corroborate all the criticism we've received... My personal opinion is that it's a fantastic film" (to hear the full quote click here)
This screening is being organised for a documentary to mark journalist and documentary maker Joan shenton's 20 years of documenting controversy about AIDS. Her company, Meditel, was the first independent TV company to win Documentary of the Year in the UK. After the screening there will be a discussion and a chance to ask questions of a panel including Mike Hersee who runs HEAL London and Dr Christian Fiala, a Viennese Ob/Gyn who has worked extensively in Africa and especially in one of the supposedly most AIDS-hit countries in Africa, Uganda. He was also on former South African president Thabo Mbeki's AIDS panel. There will also be a chance to talk to Joan Shenton and to voice your opinion for the vox-pops.
Nadja Benaissa - Criminal or Victim?
German popstar Nadja Benaissa has been found guilty of recklessly infecting her boyfriend with HIV by having unprotected sex with him after she’d been diagnosed HIV positive. But there are a number of clues that raise serious questions about whether she could technically have committed the crime at all.