Eleni Papadopulos-Eleopulos (born in Greece) is a medical physicist based at Royal Perth Hospital in Australia. She is the leader of a group known as the Perth Group, which has claimed since 1988 that HIV has never been fully isolated; as such she is among the best-known AIDS dissidents.
Views on HIV/AIDS
In the view of the Perth Group, the scientific community has failed to prove:
- That HIV exists as a unique, exogenously acquired retrovirus.
- That HIV antibody tests are specific for HIV infection.
- That HIV causes acquired immune deficiency (destruction of T helper cells, known as AID) or that AID leads to the development of the clinical syndrome AIDS.
- That the HIV genome (RNA or DNA) originates in a unique, exogenously acquired infectious retroviral particle.
- That HIV/AIDS is infectious, either by blood, blood products or sexual intercourse.
- That a retrovirus HIV may be transmitted from mother to child or that this transmission may be inhibited with AZT or nevirapine.
The Perth Group's work has been roundly rejected by the mainstream scientific community; there is broad scientific consensus that HIV has been adequately isolated and shown to be the cause of AIDS.
Papadopulos-Eleopulos' most notable published article, Is a Western Blot Proof of HIV Infection?, appeared in Bio/technology in June 1993, when the journal was under the editorship of AIDS dissident Harvey Bialy. She has had approximately a dozen other articles published in lower-impact scientific journals, such as Genetica, Current Medical Research and Opinion, and Medical Hypotheses. She has also contributed letters to various scientific journals including The Lancet and British Medical Journal.
Some dissident websites refer to "Dr." Papadopulos-Eleopulos and claim that she has been a professor of medical physics at Royal Perth Hospital, a teaching hospital at the University of Western Australia. However, according to a presentation by John P. Moore, Ph.D., at the XVI International AIDS Conference, she has no academic appointment. Moreover she does not hold a doctorate; her highest academic degree is a Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear physics from the University of Bucharest. Her duties at the Royal Perth Hospital are to test people for sensitivity to ultraviolet radiation.
The Royal Perth Hospital has stated that it does not share the views of Eleni Papadopulos-Eleopulos, who does not work in HIV research or with AIDS patients. According to the hospital's executive director, Philip Montgomery:
Royal Perth Hospital does not support The Perth Group's views on HIV, and group members have been instructed that they will not use any hospital resources for work related to their private research. Furthermore, the staff have also been instructed that their private research should not be linked in any way to Royal Perth Hospital.
Appearance at the appeal trial of Andre Parenzee
In late 2006 and early 2007, Papadopulos-Eleopulos and fellow Perth Group member Dr Valendar Turner testified at the appeal for retrial of an HIV-positive man, Andre Chad Parenzee, who had been convicted on three counts of endangering life through having unprotected sex without informing his partners of his HIV status. Papadopulos-Eleopulos and Turner told the Supreme Court of South Australia that Parenzee should be acquitted because the existence of HIV had not been proven; HIV tests were unreliable; and there was no evidence for sexual transmission of HIV.
In his ruling in April 2007, Justice John Sulan dismissed the testimony of Papadopulos-Eleopulos and Turner and rejected the application for a retrial. He said that the pair were not qualified to give expert opinions about the existence or nature of HIV and that, "the probative value of the evidence proposed to be called by the applicant is minimal." According to Justice Sulan:
One significant feature of the evidence of the applicant’s witnesses was that neither Ms Papadopulos-Eleopulos nor Dr Turner claimed to have practical experience or qualifications in any of the particular scientific disciplines to which their evidence pertained.
- ↑ About the Perth Group. From the Perth Group website. Accessed 31 Jan 2007.
- ↑ National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease Fact Sheet: The Evidence that HIV Causes AIDS. Accessed 31 Jan 2007.
- ↑ "HIV, AIDS, and the Distortion of Science" by Michael Coon. Accessed 1 Nov 2006.
- ↑ "Focus on the HIV/AIDS Connection", from the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease. Accessed 1 Nov 2006.
- ↑ Papadopulos-Eleopulos, Eleni; Turner VF, Papadimitriou JM (1993 June). "Is a positive western blot proof of HIV infection?". Nature Biotechnology 11 (6): 696-707. Nature Publishing Company. PubMed. Retrieved on 2006-10-30.
- ↑ Whistle Blowers. virusmyth.net. Retrieved on 2006-10-30.
- ↑ HIV Science and Responsible Journalism. XVI International AIDS Conference (2006-08-13). Retrieved on 2006-10-30.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 R v PARENZEE  SASC 143, Reasons for Decision of The Honourable Justice Sulan, 27 April 2007
- ↑ Pirani, Clara. "Doubts on HIV's existence 'insane'", The Australian, 2006-10-27. Retrieved on 2006-10-30.
- ↑ Roberts, Jeremy. "HIV experts line up to refute denier", The Australian, 2007-02-01. Retrieved on 2006-02-01.
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