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This is an archive of the Treatment Action Campaign's public documents from
December 1998 until October 2008. I created this website because the TAC's
website appears unmaintained and people were concerned that it
was becoming increasingly hard to find important documents.
The menu items have been slightly edited and a new stylesheet applied to the site. But none of the documents have been edited, not even for minor errors. The text appears on this site as obtained from the Internet Archive.
The period covered by the archive encompassed the campaign for HIV medicines, the civil disobedience campaigns, the Competition Commission complaints, the 2008 xenophobic violence and the PMTCT, Khayelitsha health workers and Matthias Rath court cases.
It is the promotion of one or more of the following pseudo-scientific views: (1) HIV does not cause AIDS, (2) the risks of antiretovirals outweigh their benefits and (3) there is not a large AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa.
Here we present links to documents debunking these myths. We also present links to documents showing the dire consequences of AIDS denialism.
The Evidence that HIV Causes AIDS
This is a definitive article by the National Institutes of Health describing the evidence that HIV causes AIDS and that antiretrovirals are effective. Easy to read and comprehensive. It also debunks the common denialist myths.
The Relationship Between the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Another excellent article by the National Institutes of Health. Debunks many myths. It is much older than the article above but still relevant. It clearly explains how we know that HIV causes AIDS. It also explains how recreational drug use, AZT and Factor VIII in hemophiliacs cannot be the cause of AIDS.
TAC magazine issue with a focus on explaining how we know that HIV causes AIDS, antiretrovirals are effective, condoms work, that there's a large epidemic in South Africa and much more. Written so that it is easy to understand rather than comprehensive. Aimed at people with limited science education.
NIAID Resources on HIV-AIDS Connection
Excellent list of resources on science of HIV.
This is an excellent website with links to numerous documents debunking AIDS denialism.
This is a rebuttal of the numerous errors in AIDS denialist Celia Farber's article in the March 2006 issue of Harper's Magazine. It deals with many of the commonly used AIDS denialist arguments.
Webpage from aidstruth.org dedicated to debunking specific AIDS denialist myths
Describes the history of AIDS denialism in South Africa and its effects on the struggle for access to HIV treatments.
Citation: Heywood, M., 2004 Price of Denial. Development Update 5(3). Interfund.
Describes state-support of pseudo-science, with emaphasis on Matthias Rath affair. Compares and contrasts with Lysenko affair in the Soviet Union.
AIDS, Science and Governance: The battle Over Antiretroviral Therapy in Post-Apartheid South Africa by Nicoli Nattrass
Examines politically supported AIDS denialism in South Africa.
The statements collected in this document provide a historical record demonstrating that President Mbeki is an AIDS denialist.
Nathan Geffen of the Treatment Action Campaign debated AIDS denialist Anthony Brink on the Tim Modise show. This debate demonstrates just how weak the AIDS denialist arguments are.