- Dear Marguerite Laurent and others...
- Thank you for the information you sent me regarding the
recent controversy among the Haitian-American community regarding the new
proposed Haitian origin of "American AIDS." I am amazed to learn
that the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network is considering legal action
against researchers who allege that Haitians were responsible for the
transfer of HIV from Africa and ultimately into the U.S. (http://www.hardbeatnews.com/editor/RTE/my_documents/my_
- Of course, so much that passes for science surrounding
the "origin" of AIDS is nonsense and racist and reeks of disinformation
- all in an attempt to cover up the MAN-MADE origin of HIV/AIDS. I am glad
the Haitian community is resisting this latest display of "science"
in which Haiti is "blamed" for AIDS in the Western Hemisphere.
First, "they" blamed the monkeys in Africa, then "promiscuous"
Africans, then drugs, then gay sex, then anal sex- all in an attempt to
hide the most obvious evidence that HIV was created by animal virus transfer
experiments in the Special Virus Cancer Program of the 1970s - and then
seeded into African blacks and American gays (and into Haitians in Haiti?)
via covert contaminated vaccine programs. This has been the subject of
two book I have written on the man-made origin of HIV/AIDS.
- I wrote about the "Haitian connection" to AIDS
in my 1988 book AIDS AND THE DOCTORS OF DEATH: AN INQUIRY INTO THE ORIGIN
OF THE AIDS EPIDEMIC, (pp 124-136), published by Aries Rising Press,
and still available from Amazon.com and elsewhere. Here are some quotes
from the book, which may be of value to you and your group in terms of
research- and what was said about the "Haitian AIDS connection"
two decades ago.
- Please post or forward to interested others.
- From 'AIDS and the Doctors of Death' Alan Cantwell MD,
- "In 1982, a year after the official onset of AIDS,
the first reports of AIDS cases in Haitians living in New York City, Newark,
and Miami, began to filter into the CDC.
- The epidemiology of Haitian AIDS was complicated by the
fact that AIDS cases were also discovered in Port-au-Prince, and in the
suburb of Carrefour, an area noted for its houses of prostitution.
- At the time, American epidemiologists claimed it was
difficult to assess the true extent of Haitian AIDS. There was insinuation
of an alleged "cover-up" by the Haitian government, headed by
the dictatorial Duvalier family. Despite the eventual ouster of "baby
Doc" Duvalier and his subsequent exile to France, it still appears
difficult to determine the extent of AIDS in Haiti. It may be that American
scientists do no want to publicize the true facts about AIDS in Haiti because
the facts could conflict with the well-established African origin of AIDS.
- The discovery of AIDS in Haiti, and in "high-risk"
Haitian-Americans, quickly led to a severe crippling of the Haitian tourist
trade. U.S. scientists heavily promoted the theory that AIDS was brought
to America by affluent, young promiscuous gays from Manhattan, who regularly
traveled to Port-au-Prince and Carrefours where it was cheap and easy to
have sex with Haitian men. Early in the epidemic, epidemiologists emphasized
that AIDS was a homosexual disease acquired by the practice of anal-genital
sex. The public was repeatedly informed that the "gay plague"
was brought to America by Manhattan gays sodomized in Haiti.
- In his AMA interview (American World News, "An AIDS
expert's grim message", December 5, 1986) , virologist Norbert Rapoza
further detailed his elaborate theory on the spread of AIDS to America,
"One theory of how AIDS migrated from Africa is that some Haitians
used to work in Zaire (in Central Africa) and had returned by 1977, when
an international conference of gays was held in Haiti, where the virus
could have spread by sex or drugs or both and then have been taken back
to New York and California". (Despite Rapoza's claim, there is no
record of such a "gay" international conference in Haiti in 1977,
or in any other year).
- Many Haitians do not believe the American story that
blames them for bringing AIDS to the Western Hemisphere. Their strongest
argument is the fact that AIDS in Haiti started about the same time that
AIDS started in New York City gays. In fact,
- some Haitians use epidemiologic data to suggest that
Manhattan gays brought the disease to Haiti!
- The purple skin spots of Kaposi's sarcoma remain the
unmistakable "mark" of AIDS. The first case of "fulminant"
KS in a Haitian man was diagnosed in Port-au-Prince in June 1979, the same
year the first gay cases were discovered in New York City. This case, along
with 61 other Haitians who developed KS and/or other opportunistic infections
between 1979-1982, was reported by physicians in Haiti in 1983.
- The Haitian doctors searched the hospital records but
could find only one previous Haitian case of KS who was diagnosed seven
years earlier, in 1972. There was no record of any other Haitian case before
that year. The new Haitian AIDS cases were young (median age of 32 years),
mostly men (85%), and most patients died within six months. One-third of
the ADS cases also had tuberculosis.
- Fifteen percent of the men were bisexual. These bisexual
men were considered the epidemiologic "link" between American
and Haitian AIDS cases. According to Haitian doctors, some men "had
had sexual relations with American homosexuals in New York and Miami."
- The Haitian physicians emphasized "the first cases
of KS and opportunistic infection in Haiti were recognized in 1978-1979,
a period that coincides with the earliest reports of AIDS in the United
- Jeffrey Vierira, et al, reported on ten of the earliest
AIDS cases in Haitian men living in New York City, who were evaluated between
January 1981 and July 1982. Vieira's group was surprised to find that none
of the Haitians were gay or addicted to drugs. In New York City, what did
heterosexual Haitians and homosexual men have in common? Unfortunately,
nobody knew. But the CDC quickly declared that Haitian-Americans were at
"high risk" for AIDS. The Haitians were a confusing "risk"
group who belied the notion that AIDS was a disease of gays and druggers.
- New and bizarre theories about Haitian AIDS continue
to flourish in the most prestigious medical journals. One persistent story
is that Haitians could have been exposed to the AIDS virus during the preparations
of "sorcerer's poison" from the brains of dead people, or through
the ingestion of "human blood in (voodoo) sacrificial worship."
Such notions prompted William Greenfield to write a Letter to the Editor,
which was published in JAMA, (October 24, 1986). The letter was fancifully
titled "Night of the Living Dead II: Slow virus encephalopathies and
AIDS: Do necromantic zombiists transmit HTLV-3/LAV during voodooistic rituals?"
- Almost a decade after the first case of AIDS was discovered
in Haiti, the origin of Haitian AIDS remains a mystery. However, no scientist
believes the AIDS virus "originated" on the island because AIDS
is not a problem in the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of
Hispanola with Haiti.
- it is now clear that most AIDS cases in Haiti are heterosexual.
Some reports claim that 40% of the cases are women. In this respect, the
epidemiology of AIDS in Haiti is more like AIDS on Africa.
- If Manhattan gays did bring the AIDS virus into America
from Haiti, it is not likely they would have been the exclusive recipients
of a sexually-transmitted virus which spreads so easily between heterosexuals
- In 1985 a highly authoritative textbook was published,
entitled AIDS: Etiology, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention. The book
was edited, in part, by Vincent DeVita, Director of the National Cancer
- Two NCI epidemiologists, James Goedert and William Blattner,
clarified some details of the Haitian AIDS story. They concluded:
- 1) There is no evidence that the AIDS virus originated
in Haiti, not is it possible at this time to determine whether homosexual
tourists introduced AIDS into Haiti, or whether they returned from Haiti
with the AIDS virus.
- 2) The incidence of AIDS in Haitians who emigrated to
the United States since 1978 is 40 times higher that those who emigrated
- 3) The disease in Haiti is concentrated primarily in
Port-au-Prince and Carrefour (the latter area "reportedly being a
center of male and female prostitution").
- 4) As many as one-third of the Haitian men with AIDS
may be bisexual or "serve as prostitutes for American tourists."
- 5) At least one-quarter of Haitian cases are women.
- 6) There is no evidence that voodoo practices or ingestion
of human blood contribute to the risk of AIDS.
- Goedert and Blattner admitted "a complete explanation
of the AIDS epidemic may never be possible." They reiterated that
the key to AIDS may be the discovery of new AIDS-like viruses in Africa.
In 1986, Biggar contradicted this view by presenting epidemiologic data
which cast serious doubt on the African origin of AIDS.
- These new details on Haitian AIDS renewed my interest
in the underground theory which accuses the CIA of conducting secret biological
experiments on male and female prostitutes in Carrefour. Proponents of
this theory insist that prostitutes were deliberately injected with viruses
during routine injections of antibiotics for sexually-transmitted diseases.
The theory seems so bizarre, and yet there are statistical and epidemiologic
peculiarities of Haitian AIDS that could be compatible with covert human
- In this regard, the CIA has a long history of secret
drug experiments on unwilling and unsuspecting American civilians. In some
of these experiments which have recently come to light, victims were lured
to hotel rooms for sexual encounters with prostitutes, and then subsequently
drugged and monitored by CIA agents. These government-sponsored experiments
which took place in New York, San Francisco, and other cities, are chronicled
in A Higher Form of Killing. Although most Americans are unaware of these
intolerable activities by government agencies, the questionable ethics
of the CIA has become known to the public as a result of the recent Congressional
Iran-Contra Hearings in 1987.
- Something obviously happened in Haiti around the late
1970s to account for the outbreak of AIDS. Surprisingly, no epidemiologist
has ever provided a satisfactory theory to explain why Haitians entering
the U.S. after 1978 were forty times as likely to get AIDS. These peculiar
statistics of Haitian AIDS are rarely mentioned in the scientific literature.
Instead, many AIDS experts, (apparently unaware of the "official"
epidemiologic stand on the Haitian issue in DeVita's AIDS book), continue
to blame gays from bringing AIDS to America.
- Undoubtedly, world-traveling heterosexuals must have
partaken of the AIDS virus during visits to the famed brothels of Carrefour
and Port-au-Prince. Yet it is rare to discover an AIDS case in the scientific
literature that was "picked up" in Haiti and carried to other
parts of the world. Unbelievably, only New York City gays were blamed for
- If AIDS was imported to Haiti from Africa, it is unlikely
the epidemic would have broken out in Port-au-Prince and in Manhattan during
the same time period (around 1979). If Haitian men were spreaders of the
AIDS virus, it would seem reasonable to expect that sexually-active Haitians
traveling to New York and Miami would also infect other Haitians living
in America. If that were the case, it would seem likely that Haitian-Americans
would be the first group to get AIDS in America. But the facts show that
cases of AIDS in Haitians living in America were discovered in 1982, three
years after the first homosexual cases were discovered in 1979 in New York
- Another peculiar discrepancy about AIDS is why Haitians
were the only nationals in the world who brought AIDS back from Africa.
In view of what we now know about the epidemiology and sexual transmission
of the AIDS virus, it would seem a biologic impossibility for the Haitians
to have accomplished this feat.
- Theories on the Haitian AIDS connection continue to flourish
in the media. According to the Los Angeles Times ("Male prostitution
and the heterosexual community", August 9, 1987), new data suggest
that New York City gays brought the AIDS virus to Haiti! This is the new
"official" story purported by Jean Pape, a Haitian-born physician
"who has been researching AIDS in his hometown of Port-au-Prince since
- In the same article, Ronald St. John of the Pan American
Health Organization in Washington also blamed homosexual men for spreading
AIDS south of the American border. In his view, "In one country after
another, the first case reported was always, always, some local who had
traveled to the U.S. and was gay."
- Neither Pape nor St. John provided a story to explain
how an African AIDS virus could have initially seeded itself exclusively
in young gay men living on the island of Manhattan,
- No doubt, experts will continue to provide "official"
and unofficial theories about Haitian AIDS. It is possible that some day
these stories will be among the biggest "fairy tales" ever reported
in the medical literature.
- Alan Cantwell M.D.
- author of, THE CANCER MICROBE
- and FOUR WOMEN AGAINST CANCER