Christine Maggiore

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Christine Maggiore (July 25, 1956–December 27, 2008) was an AIDS denialist — a person who believed, contrary to the scientific evidence, that AIDS is not caused by HIV. In addition, she was HIV positive. Before being diagnosed as HIV positive in 1992, she had been a successful businesswoman, founding a multi-million dollar clothing import/export company. She initially campaigned with mainstream HIV/AIDS groups before coming under the spell of Peter Duesberg. This led her to founding the AIDS denialist group "Alive & Well".

She loudly proclaimed that HIV doesn't cause AIDS because, in her case, it didn't. Whether through luck or good genetics, she managed to avoid getting the symptoms of AIDS for years and years after being diagnosed. Which would, for any sane person, be great news. Unfortunately, Christine Maggiore wasn't quite sane. Because she fervently believed that HIV was harmless—not just for her, but for others too—she failed to take necessary steps to protect others from the virus. Specifically, she failed to protect her daughter Eliza Jane from HIV transmission by allowing doctors to treat her with anti-retrovirals. She also breast-fed Eliza Jane, despite the fact that it increases the risk of transmission of HIV. Eliza Jane died at age three from AIDS-opportunistic pneumonia.[1]

The reaction of Maggiore and other AIDS denialists to Eliza Jane's death was one of outright denial. The LA County coroner's report found the cause of death to be pneumonia caused by AIDS. Maggiore hired Mohammed Ali Al-Bayati, a veterinary toxicologist, vaccine denialist, and author of Get All the Facts: HIV Does Not Cause AIDS, or as they think of him, an unbiased expert. He instead claims that Eliza Jane's death was due to a negative reaction to amoxicillin.

And then the same happened to Maggiore. On December 26, 2008 at age 52, she died of AIDS-opportunistic pneumonia.[2] And again the AIDS denialist community made excuses, claiming it was caused by a "detox cleanse" that left her too weak to fight off pneumonia and playing all sorts of games spinning and denying the obvious.[3][4]