Reports suggesting an association between HIV seropositivity and suicidal behavior in the United States can be found in the medical literature during the first decade of the epidemic (Rundell et al., 1986; Pierce, 1987; Frierson and Lippmann, 1988).A more definitive association of HIV infection as an independent risk factor for suicide was established by autopsy studies (Glass, 1988; Kizer et al., 1988; Marzuk et al., 1988; Plott et al., 1989; Cote et al., 1992). These autopsy studies from cohorts in the United States showed decreasing suicide rates from 66 to 7.4 times greater in persons with HIV infection than in the general population, as we moved from the first to the second decade of the epidemic. But even after the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), which has substantially reduced morbidity and mortality in areas with access to these treatments, recent studies in the United States (Marzuk et al., 1997)(, Australia (Ruzicka et al., 2005), and France (Lewden et al., 2005) continue to show an increased risk of suicide among persons with HIV infection.And here's a recent paper from some more genius scientists:
Clinical studies, likewise, demonstrate high rates of suicidal behavior in persons with HIV infection. In a primary care setting that serves patients with a wide range of demographic characteristics in New York City, 63% of HIV-seropositive subjects acknowledged current or past suicidal ideation (Gil et al., 1998). In a cohort from Missouri, 17% of HIV-positive gay men reported serious thoughts or plans to end their lives at the time of routine clinical interview (Goggin et al., 2000). In a rural cohort of small communities in eight 196 UNIQUE PSYCHIATRIC MANIFESTATIONS OF HIV INFECTION U.S. states, 38% of persons with HIV infection admitted that they had suicidal thoughts 1 week prior to responding to self-administered surveys (Heckman et al., 2002). Similarly, 27% of middle-aged and older persons living with HIV admitted to suicidal ideation within 1 week prior to a clinical survey (Kalichman et al., 2000). In a municipal general hospital in New York City, suicidal behavior was present in one out of every five persons with HIV infection (Alfonso et al., 1994).
Stressful life events in the context of poor social support can heighten suicide risk (Kalichman et al., 2000; Haller and Miles, 2003). Persons with HIV infection can have distorted perceptions of illness. Just as an asymptomatic HIV-positive individual can become suicidal upon learning of his or her HIV serostatus, changes in immune parameters can also trigger a suicidal crisis. Learning that one has an increased viral load or decreased CD4 cell count can precipitate a suicidal crisis, even with reassurance that a change in medical treatment can easily reverse the situation (Alfonso et al., 1994; Haas et al., 1997).
Studies of long-term survivors with AIDS in the New York City area have demonstrated that high levels of hope and low levels of distress and depressive symptoms result in psychological resiliency and an extended life span (Rabkin et al., 1990, 1993). Another study in Miami showed that higher emotional expression and depth processing, including positive cognitive appraisal change, experiential involvement, self-esteem enhancement, and adaptive coping strategies, were significantly related to long-term survival status of men and women with AIDS, as well as to lower viral load and higher CD4 cell count in women with AIDS (O’Cleirigh et al., 2003). The clinical implications of these studies underscore the importance of psychotherapy in the treatment of suicidal persons with HIV infection. The psychotherapeutic component of treatment will be elaborated on further in the section on prevention strategies below.
Role of Depression, Stress, and Trauma in HIV Disease Progression
...We found substantial and consistent evidence that chronic depression, stressful events, and trauma may negatively affect HIV disease progression in terms of decreases in CD4 T lymphocytes, increases in viral load, and greater risk for clinical decline and mortality...
More from South Korea:
" Almost 30 percent of Koreans with HIV/AIDS eventually commit suicide. ..."
" 79.6% HIV/AIDS patients had depression. 67.1% of cases attempted suicide when they knew they had HIV/AIDS. ..."
Should I continue?
If you add to all that the extremely negative role the Nocebo effect plays in such an extreme diagnosis, then it shouldn't be hard to imagine the possibility -even for HIV/AIDS believers- that the so called "HIV tests" might have killed many more than they may have saved. I'm pretty confident that this is the case, as someone who disagrees with the fundamental assumptions the "HIV tests" and the "HIV"/"AIDS" theory are based on... And I'm not even taking the drugs' side effects into consideration when I'm saying these.
EDIT:I also keep forgetting the location of this and it's relevant, so I'll put these links here:
The Effects of Intense Stress on the T-Cells
Occam's Razor and CD4 T-cell loss
More importantly; was there ever any evidence supporting the assumption that "AIDS" is irreversible? Where is the evidence showing that whatever the tests are detecting inevitably kills? Even if just fraudulent, pseudoscientific evidence?
You see... this is how panic, hysteria and conformism turns Science into "Science": When pressure is too much you jump on to conclusions without any evidence, and you even forget that there is no evidence. For more on that see The Gravest Show on Earth: America in the Age of AIDS. Nowadays it is known that a positive "test" result is not a death sentence, but this fact is still not enough stressed today. The fact that it doesn't lead anybody to question their beloved theory should already be obvious.
This was written more than 200 years ago, from Dr. Faust:
This was the medicine—the patients' woes soon ended,
And none demanded: who got well?
Thus we, our hellish boluses compounding,
Among these vales and hills surrounding,
Worse than the pestilence, have passed.
Thousands were done to death from poison of my giving;
And I must hear, by all the living,
The shameless murderers praised at last!"
These times too will be remembered as dark ages one day. So I hope at least, I hope it will get brighter.
No matter how you look at it, the failure is evident. Many mistakes were made and are still being made. They are being ignored, swept under the carpet and even exploited. The humanity has a loooong way to go... Let's just hope that we don't find ourselves at a dead end one day.
UPDATE: Hey hey hey... Look what I just came across:
...I hate it when people give no hope - like the [Washington] Post front-page story saying that 100 percent of people infected with HIV will die with AIDS. We don't know that. We shouldn't be predicting that, and it could even precipitate suicide. They shouldn't have put that on the front page, even if it were true. But the fact is that we just don't know. ...And who says this? Robert Charles Gallo, the Godfather of HIV/AIDS. :) During an interview for Spin March 1989.
Isn't that interesting? I wonder why people won't obey what this man says when he miraculously says such relatively wise things. Nobody seems to have disbelieved him when he was the one to imply that the "AIDS virus" will probably be 100% "efficient". So why disobey him when he makes a statement like this..? Not apocalyptic enough? I guess Spin was just not that popular among physicians back then. It's a shame really, it could've saved many lives... maybe.
P.S. Reduce the burden!
And you might also want to take a look at these books:
What If Medicine Disappeared?
Hippocrates' Shadow: Secrets from the House of Medicine