HIV Prevention 30 Years In

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Demetre Daskalakis, director of the Men's Sexual Health Project and Project 36:00 and assistant professor of medicine at NYU School of Medicine and Bellevue, discusses his HIV prevention work in NYC bathhouses, 36 hour post-exposure prophylaxis, and the state of HIV/AIDS 30 years in.


Demetre Daskalakis

Comments [8]

Paul from NY

For all who are interested in assessing whether Tony's opinion about Gary Null is true, they can just check out Null's radio program. He's on air and online, 5 days a week. He's helped countless people. When you're prepared to listen to someone without any predisposition or personal agendas, it won't take long to determine not only whether they're a good and ethical person or not, but also whether it's probable that they've done the research and in Mr. Null's case, the actual "field work", and they tend to speak readily and fluently about it... (And Tony, you didn't even get his name right.)

Jun. 08 2011 01:08 PM
Tony from Canarsie

Josh Karan from Washington Heights, NY -- Larry Null is an irresponsible con artist.

Jun. 08 2011 12:28 PM
Mike from Tribeca

Five minutes for this important topic and at least a half hour with Larry King? You can do better than that.

Jun. 08 2011 12:26 PM
Paul from NY

How depressing Brian, this continued taking refuge in the medical paradigm, as if that's the only game in town. Is it really? Why don't you have some real progressive people on the show discussing their success in treating people with HIV and AIDS, like Gary Null (who recently challenged people in the HIV establishment to take him on in a truth-showdown). He's just one person out there who knows there are alternatives to the current medical paradigm -- which remember, is a capitalist paradigm. Also remember that capitalism and democracy don't work together, do they? Now, get someone on the show with real answers, please!

Jun. 08 2011 12:14 PM
joe denaro from Manhattan

As a survivor of the 80's here in NYC, I am appalled by the ads I see everyday in the subways that depict HIV infection as another chronic disease like diabetes. The models in the ads looks terrific and vital......light years from the reality of lives lost to me!!
Perhaps we could take lesson from the graphic ads we now belatedly see on a generation of cigarettes usage..!?

Jun. 08 2011 12:04 PM
Josh Karan from Washington Heights, NY

I have recently heard Gary Null assert that he has conducted a peer reviewed experiment in which he sero converted all participants from HIV positive to HIV negative based on nutritional intervention, without drugs of any kind.


Jun. 08 2011 12:00 PM

wow! WNYC removes my comment on the Larry King segment--but leaves this one up?

I'm done donating to WNYC.

Jun. 08 2011 11:45 AM
gary from queens

This is in accord with tradition of always blaming outlyers (ie: asian or spanish flu; SARS; West Niles. In the case of HIV, it blamed gays, when in fact it was based on what some gays used-----Nitrate inhalers that were immunosupressive afrodisiacs. In other words, they abused specific drugs.

Sexual transmission is merely a very convenient assumption. All the scientific studies that have tried to measure the sexual transmission of HIV have repeatedly shown that it is virtually impossible to transmitt HIV sexually or by any other means.

It would take an American woman over 270,000 random sexual contacts with men to become antibody positive to HIV. It would take an American man 7-8 times that number of random sexual contacts with women to become antibody positive to HIV.
[Padian NS, Shiboski SC, Glass SO, Vittinghoff E. Heterosexual transmission of HIV. Am J Epidemiol. 1997 Aug 15;146(4):350-7]

However, the Padian et al. study only addresses the sexual acquisition of antibodies to HIV. It was not designed to determine if AIDS (i.e. the syndrome of diseases) is sexually transmitted.

On average, it requires 1000 heterosexual acts, and 100-500 homosexual acts to successfully transmit HIV.
[Rosenberg & Weiner, 1988; Lawrence et al., 1990; Blattner, 1991; Hearst & Hulley, 1988; Peterman et al., 1988; Royce RA, Sena A, plus Cates W Jr, Cohen MS. Sexual transmission of HIV. N Engl J Med 1997;336:1072-8]

There's no correlation between the prevalence of HIV and any of the STDs.:
[Chitwarakorn A. Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Asia and the Pacific. Chiang Mai, Thailand: Ministry of Public Health, AIDS Division, HIV/AIDS Situation in Thailand, 1998]

The evidence also shows that the same transmission rates occur in Africa as anywhere else.
[Gray RH, Wawer MJ, Brookmeyer R, et al. Probability of HIV-1 transmission per coital act in monogamous heterosexual, HIV-1 discordant couples in Rakai, Uganda. Lancet 2001;357:1149-1153.]

Jun. 08 2011 11:29 AM

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