AIDS: A Doctor’s Note on the Man-Made Theory
By ALAN CANTWELL, J.R, M.D.
When AIDS officially began in 1981 the public was told that anal sex, drugs,
and homosexuality were at the root of the new "gay plague." The first cases
were all young, predominantly white, and previously healthy homosexual men from
Manhattan who were dying mysteriously from "gay pneumonia" and "gay cancer" in
the form of Kaposi’s sarcoma. The association with homosexuality was so
remarkable that the disease was initially termed GRID ("gay-related immune
deficiency"). To this day, gays are still blamed for the spread of AIDS into
the U.S. population.
When the disease first broke out, a new virus was suspected, but officials
reassured "the general public" there was nothing to worry about. Of course, the
health experts were wrong. Now most of the world’s AIDS cases are
heterosexuals. The AIDS virus (HIV) can also be transmitted vaginally; and one
does not need to be a drug abuser, a promiscuous person or a homosexual to
The Green Monkey Theory
Where did HIV originate? Prominent cancer virologists and government
epidemiologists have theorised that HIV originated in African green monkeys.
Purportedly the monkey virus "jumped species" and entered the black population.
From there it migrated to Haiti and Manhattan. After the virus entered the
black heterosexual population in the late 1970s, it rapidly spread to millions
of blacks because of transfusions with HIV-infected blood, dirty needles,
promiscuity and genital ulcers — or so the experts said.
Not all scientists believe the official monkey story, although it is rare to
find people who express this view publicly. One persistent underground rumor is
that AIDS is biological warfare. Proponents of the AIDS conspiracy theory
believe that AIDS has nothing to do with green monkeys, homosexuality, drug
addiction, genital ulcerations, anal sex or promiscuity, but that it has to do
with scientists experimenting on blacks and gays: in short, AIDS is genocide.
Most African-Americans have heard the story that HIV is a manufactured virus
genetically-engineered to kill off the black race. Thirty percent of New York
City blacks polled by The New York Times (October 29, 1990) actually believe
AIDS is an ethno-specific bioweapon designed in a laboratory to infect black
Despite the general acceptance that HIV came from monkeys and the rain forest,
there is no scientific evidence to prove that HIV and AIDS originated in
Africa. What is true is that the first AIDS cases were uncovered in the U.S. in
1979, around the same time that AIDS cases were discovered in Africa. In
addition, no stored African tissue from the 1970s tests positive for HIV. And
scientists have a hard time explaining how a black heterosexual epidemic
centered in Africa could have quickly transformed itself into a white
homosexual epidemic in Manhattan.
The Gay Hepatitis-B Vaccine Experiment
Conveniently lost in the history of AIDS is the gay Hepatitis-B vaccine
experiment that immediately preceded the decimation of gay Americans.
A "cohort" of over a thousand young gays was injected with the vaccine at the
New York Blood Center in Manhattan during the period November 1978 to October
1979.1 Similar gay experiments were conducted in San Francisco, Los Angeles,
Denver, St. Louis, and Chicago, beginning in 1980.2 The AIDS epidemic broke out
The experiment was run by Wolf Szmuness, a Polish Jew born in 1919. He was a
young medical student in eastern Poland when the Nazis invaded the country in
1939. His entire family perished in the Holocaust. When Poland was partitioned,
Szmuness was taken prisoner and sent to Siberia.
After the war, he was allowed to finish medical school in Tomsk in central
Russia. He married a Russian woman, had a daughter, and in 1959 was allowed to
return to Poland where he became an expert in hepatitis.
According to June Goodfield’s account of his life in Quest for the Killers,
Szmuness defected from Poland with his family in 1969, arriving penniless in
New York with $15 in his pocket.3 Through scientific connections he found work
as a laboratory technician at the New York Blood Center. Within a few years he
was given his own lab at the center and was also appointed Professor of Public
Health at Columbia University. By the mid-1970s, Szmuness was a world authority
on hepatitis, and was invited back to Moscow in 1975 to give a scientific
presentation. As a defector he was terrified to set foot back in the Soviet
Union, but his colleagues assured him he would have the full protection of the
U.S. State Department. His return to Russia was a scientific triumph.
In the late 1970s, Wolf Szmuness was awarded millions of dollars to undertake
the most important mission of his life: the Hepatitis-B vaccine experiment.
Szmuness specifically wanted to use gay men to avoid "serious legal and
logistical problems."4 For his study he did not want monogamous men, nor men
with lovers. He chose only healthy, young, responsible, intelligent, and
primarily white homosexuals. The experiment was costly and he didn’t want any
uncooperative or hard-to-find gays messing up his experiment. Involved in the
experiment were the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of
Health, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Abbott
Laboratories, and Merck, Sharp & Dohme. Szmuness’ experiment was hugely
successful, and his vaccine was hailed as having tremendous global implications.
The Gay Plague
The links of the gay experiment to the outbreak of AIDS are obvious to anyone
who wants to see the connection. Three months after the experiment began, the
first cases of AIDS reported to the CDC appeared in young gay men in Manhattan
in 1979. The first San Francisco AIDS case appeared in that city in September
1980, six months after the Hepatitis-B experiment started there.5 In June 1981
the AIDS epidemic became "official."
Were gay men given experimental vaccines contaminated with the AIDS virus? The
government says no, but government agencies have a long history of covert and
unethical medical experimentation, particularly with minorities. Was it simply
a quirk of nature that a virus "out of Africa" would suddenly decimate the most
hated minority in America?
Why did the U.S. government choose Wolf Szmuness, a Soviet-trained doctor and a
recent American immigrant to head this dangerous experiment? Goodfield, who has
written the definitive account of the Hepatitis-B experiment, claims Szmuness
has a painful life. Confined as a political prisoner in Siberia during World
War II, he was repeatedly interrogated and beaten by the Russian KGB for
refusing to cooperate in spy activities. When he could not be broken, they
warned him: "Say nothing of this to anyone, but remember. We will reach you
anywhere in the world. No matter where you go, no matter where you try to hide,
you will never be out of our grasp."6
The experimental Hepatitis-B vaccine was primarily manufactured by Merck.
However, during the experiment Szmuness was concerned about possible vaccine
contamination. Goodfield writes, "This was no theoretical fear, contamination
having been suspected in one vaccine batch made by the National Institutes of
Health, though never in Merck’s."7
After the Hepatitis-B experiment ended, Szmuness insisted that all thirteen
thousand blood specimens donated by gay men be retained at the Blood Center for
future use. Due to space requirements, it is highly unusual for any laboratory
to retain so many old blood specimens. However, several years later when this
blood was retested for the presence of HIV antibodies, government
epidemiologists were able to detect t