Ten people who stopped AIDS drugs (originally, Abandono de la TARV)

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Ten people who stopped AIDS drugs (originally, Abandono de la TARV)

Ten People who Stopped AIDS Drugs

Dr. Juan J. Maldonado. May, 2013
Translated David Crowe. December, 2014
Original in Spanish

This article is about ten people who were tagged as ‘HIV+’ and, for various reasons, permanently stopped their AIDS drugs (aka. HAART, antiretroviral therapy, ARV) that had been prescribed by various doctors. The cases extend from one person who was labelled ‘HIV+’ for only one year up to twenty-one years. The stories include people who stopped the drugs after 2 months and people who only stopped after 3 years.

From the beginning the story of HIV and AIDS was one of discrimination. At the beginning it was seen as a disease of gay men, it was even originally called “Gay Related Immune Deficiency (GRID)” or even “Pink Disease”, which should have set off alarms if anyone had stopped to think. The official version that promoted the HIV=AIDS theory stated that a person could have HIV in their blood, without symptoms, i.e. be asymptomatic, but that HIV would destroy their immune system sooner or later, and they would then develop symptoms, i.e. they would have AIDS. In this world there are many more asymptomatic carriers of HIV (without AIDS) than symptomatic carriers (with AIDS), but the official version still assumes a cause-effect relationship between HIV and AIDS.

There are several relevant points, that have caused me and many people with a scientific interest in this subject to refuse to accept the official posture regarding HIV and AIDS, and this has caused some ‘HIV+’ people to not resort to antiretroviral therapy or to abandon it. Some of the important points are:

  • HIV has never been isolated.
  • If it is exists, HIV does not cause AIDS.
  • AIDS is not a disease like others, it is but a fraudulent concept encompassing more than 20 pre-existing diseases. The list has grown systematically, increasing the number of people with ‘AIDS’
  • AIDS defined in this manner exists, but has causes such as malnutrition, sanitary problems and possibly the abuse of drugs. It is not caused by a virus.
  • Medications prescribed for patients with HIV are highly toxic.
  • The majority of antiretroviral drugs cause symptoms of AIDS.
  • The side effects of AIDS drugs are serious, including chronic diarrhea and the generation of suicidal thoughts.
  • The principal causes of death in patients tagged as ‘HIV+’ are connected to the side effects of the medications.
  • Tests used to detect HIV are not specific for HIV, they can cause false positive results for many reasons, such as vaccination against Hepatitis B, exposure to Hepatitis B or C, Herpes Simplex etc. The tests are not scientifically valid, in reality they only identify the presence of abnormal antibodies. All of these reasons are documented in the scientific literature.

For these reasons, without going into great depth, and for other reasons, a considerable number of people have decided to not start any AIDS medications such as are usually prescribed to, supposedly, control infection with HIV. Many others have been convinced by the fraud and have decided to take the drugs. This article discusses the cases of 10 people who at one time started AIDS drugs, decided to stop, often after they discovered contrary evidence about HIV and AIDS, concluding that continuing to take their drugs would have catastrophic results, probably fatal.

Abandoning AIDS Drugs

I enlisted 10 HIV-positive people to tell me their stories, including the date that they had first tested positive, when they started AIDS drugs, and when they stopped. They mentioned the main reasons why they stopped, and how they stopped. The majority stopped their medications cold turkey because there is no guide on how to stop AIDS drug therapy most safely. Clearly they were going against the dictates of organizations like WHO that declare that once you start AIDS drugs you must continue for the rest of your life. This is one reason this document is important, it tries to document the experiences of people who had the courage to stop on their own, against medical advice.

The cases are ordered from the person who stopped most recently through to a person whose positive test dates almost as far back as the very beginning of this grand farce.

1. One year HIV+. Three months taking ARVs. Four months since stopping.

The first case is a person who recently tested HIV-positive, in August of 2012. He started AIDS drugs three months later, in November of the same year. His treatment initially was Combivir, Saquinavir and Ritonavir, and later, Combivir and Abacavir. He experienced the side effects of:

  • Neutropenia, which is a loss of white blood cells that fight infections;
  • Thrombocytopenia, an abnormal drop in the thrombocytes, which help the blood to clot. Without them abnormal bruising and bleeding is common.
  • Leukopenia, a drop in white blood cells that can cause anemia, inflammation of the mouth, liver disease and pneumonia.
  • Anemia, which left the patient feeling exhausted.
  • Lypodystrophy, an abnormal distribution of fat, which is more than just a problem of appearance, it can also cause excessive fatigue, neuropathy and deafness.

These side effects left him unable to get out of bed. He thought it was the drugs that were killing him so, in January of 2013, he decided to stop. Because he didn’t want to rely on a doctor and he had no guide on how to stop, he just stopped all at once. The result was that, after two months, he had almost recuperated from anemia, had gained 5 kg of weight, his blood-clotting platelets were within normal limits, he felt much stronger, and in general all his illnesses were disappearing.

2. Two years HIV+, One year on drugs, One year without

The second case is an English-speaking youngster who was diagnosed HIV-positive in 2011. The same year they started AIDS drugs, a daily tablet of Atripla, which they stopped about a year later, in 2012. The consumption of this drug did not cause side effects nor did he get symptoms of AIDS. However, one day he encountered dissident views on AIDS that showed a version distinct from the official theory, and these views were based on a strong scientific foundation. It was for this reason that he stopped his AIDS drugs. He stopped gradually, which was his intuition. At the same time he started natural treatments – antioxidants and probiotics in order to strengthen his immune system. He experience no effects from stopping his medications except a sense of freedom. According to him, “There are many people living without AIDS drugs, not everything we have been told about HIV is true.”

3. Three years HIV-positive and taking AIDS drugs, Three Months since Stopping

The third case is a young man from Cameroon living in Sweden, who was diagnosed HIV-positive three years ago, on the 20th of May, 2010. He started AIDS drugs on the 2nd of July in the same year, starting with Prezista, Norvir and Kivexa. The drugs were not kind to him, he experienced all the side effects except allergic reactions and cardiac problems – diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, flatulence, dyspepsia (indigestion), encephalitis, weakness, fatigue, insomnia, elevated cholesterol, triglycerides, transaminases and uric acid levels, liver disease, lypodystrophy, abnormal taste sensations, trembling of his mouth and extremities, headaches, sore throat, difficulty breathing and skin rash. Side effects not listed in the prescribing information were acne and changes in personality. His partner found the documentary, “House of Numbers” on YouTube which caused him to investigate ‘the other side of AIDS’. She persuaded him to stop the medications and this changed his life for the better. He realized that it was the drugs that were making him sick. His partner also encouraged him to eat more fruits and vegetables, without starch, less meat, no beans, tea every day, fruit smoothies, such as nuriri and sarsapparilla. On the 23rd of February, 2013, with the aid of his partner, he stopped antiretroviral treatments. The secondary effects of the drugs became less and less frequent and, after three months, were gone completely.

4. Six years HIV-positive, Three months on AIDS Drugs, Two months since Stopping

The fourth case is a girl found to be HIV-positive in 2007. She started AIDS drugs in January of 2013 but, in March of the same year, stopped. She stopped after only two months because the drugs produced diarrhea, allergy, pains through her body, headaches, nausea, tiredness, sleepiness and, most alarmingly, a grand depression and the desire to kill herself. She describes her experience as something horrible. The medications she took were Norvir, Truvada, Reyataz and Stocrim [Efavirenz]. She did not say whether she took the drugs all at once or in combination. She commented that, apart from the side effects (not really side effects since they are direct effects of the drugs), she suffered no other illnesses or symptoms. Because of all this, she made the big decision to stop the treatment because, as she said, she did not carry a virus. She believes that AIDS exists, but is not caused by a virus that comes from outside her body. She stopped the drugs at once, she did not think about stopping slowly, and at the same time her diarrhea and discomfort stopped. Her insomnia and sleepiness stopped, and she regained her strength and desire to live.

5. Thirteen years HIV-positive, Seven years on Drugs, Three months since stopping

The fifth case is an English-speaking man, who was branded ‘HIV+’ in June of 2000, but who didn’t start AIDS drugs until 2006. His initial treatment consisted of Truvada, Viramune, Darunavir, Ritonavir and Abacavir. These medications, taken together, brought a variety of side effects, such as terrible dreams, acne, stomach pains, loss of weight, extreme fatigue and a loss of energy and, moreover, depression. After reading “Inventing the AIDS Virus”, and considering the reasons for false-positive test results, stopped his medications in February of 2013. Only one day after stopping he had stomach pain that lasted for five days, and for several weeks it was impossible to get to sleep. However, he was sure that he had made the right decision. He said that, “I read Duesberg and it overturned everything I had previously thought.”

6. Thirteen years HIV-positive, Seven years on Drugs, 18 months since stopping

The sixth case is a boy who was tagged as ‘HIV+’ in 2000. He started AIDS drugs in 2005, consuming Efavirenz, Entricitabine and Tenofovir, which later he changed to a single pill containing the same three drugs – Atripla. He consumed these drugs for about seven years, in which the adverse effects were not very grave, the main problem was frequent diarrhea, which stopped when he stopped taking the drugs, in 2012. He commented that he abandoned the drugs after years of searching for information on the reality of HIV, the damage of the medications, and after studying the principals of “German New Medicine”, medicine with a new paradigm. He stated that he changed his eating habits, started to practice Bikram Yoga, and over a long period of time trained himself to stop believing that he was sick, and that the virus he was supposedly carrying would kill him. It took a lot of effort to rid himself of this fear, something that he stressed was fundamental. In order to stop the medication slowly, he would take the drugs one day, and not the next, alternating for a period of months. After this period he stopped completely. Thanks to his slow withdrawal, he had no negative reaction to stopping.

7. Fourteen years HIV-positive, One year on Drugs, 13 years since stopping

The seventh case is an English-speaking man who was labelled ‘HIV+’ in 1999. His blood sample was taken in December of 1998, he was told about it the following January, and in March of the same year he started AIDS drug treatment with Viramune, Epivir and Zerit, starting a series of side effects that set off alarm bells – elevated triglycerides and liver enzymes. Other side effects were masked by an illness that appeared to be a series of allergies that apparently had no connection to the AIDS drugs. One year later, in March of 2000, he suspended the medication on the advice of his doctor. The doctor said that given his high CD4 immune cell count the drugs did not seem to be a benefit, and that he stood a good chance of dying from liver failure or cardiovascular disease. He stopped the drugs right away. If there had been reactions to stopping the drugs they would have been hard to recognize given the allergy problems already mentioned. After he saw the damage that the drugs had caused to his liver he said that, “After living 13 years without ARVs and having seen how quickly they damaged my liver and cardiovascular system, I wouldn’t touch ARV therapy with a 10-foot pole. I would rather try my luck with HIV rather than return to drugs as toxic as these.”

8. 15 years HIV-positive, 5 years taking Drugs, 2 years since stopping

The eighth case is an English-speaking person who tested positive in 1998. He started treatment with Atripla in 2006. He only had severe side effects, nausea and vomiting, once in the 70 months on drugs, but he had continual pain in his hips and a feeling of being high on drugs. He did not have any other symptoms or illnesses, either before or during the time he took Atripla. In 2011 he stopped because his health insurance was terminated, and because he had started to find information that the majority of people on AIDS drugs died from side effects, and that the “HIV=AIDS” theory is a major scientific error according to some of the most important scientists (e.g. Duesberg and Mullis). He now believes that the HIV test should be banned because it is not specific, it is discriminatory and does not make sense. After stopping Atripla the pain in his hip went away.

9. 16 years HIV-positive, 11 years taking drugs, 5 years since stopping

The ninth case is a man who received his ‘HIV+’ badge in March of 1997. The same year he started the AIDS drug AZT. In 1998 they changed to the combination of 3TC (Lamivudine) and Nelfinavir. In 2003 he stopped taking the drugs, but started again in 2008 with Efavirenz and Truvada. The return to antiretrovirals he attributed to stress, loss of weight and emotional weakness. For these reasons he returned to AIDS drugs for a few months, but then stopped completely. The adverse effects he experienced were dizziness, nausea, gastritis, lipodystrophy, leg cramps, pain in many locations, and liver problems. He also had low platelet counts and tested positive for HPV. In order to prepare for stopping the AIDS drugs he used the Monarcas Per website and their work helped him overcome his fear. He spent all night reading information on the Superando El Sida website, writing to and contacting people not only through the networks, but also personally. He tried to address the issue with his Infectious Disease doctor, but it was in vain. He started taking the drugs sporadically over two months, one day on, one day off. Finally he stopped completely and felt a sense of freedom. He could experience a full life. Now he is dedicated strictly to physical exercise, meditation, and looking after his emotional spiritual and nutritional needs.

10. Twenty-seven years HIV-positive, 6 months taking drugs, 3 months since stopping

The tenth and last case is an American, HIV-positive for 27 years, diagnosed in January of 1986. He started to take Atripla only in February of 2011. Six months later, in August of the same year, he stopped his medication because it was causing constant diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, extreme tiredness and, most alarming, suicidal dreams. Beyond these side effects he had no other symptoms or illnesses. The drugs were surely killing him, so he decided to stop taking Atripla. He stopped “cold turkey”. After stopping he had flu-like symptoms for three months and problems with depression, but by three months this had passed.

The Spanish original has a summary of the cases that is not reproduced here.


Briefly, and without too much detail, I have presented ten cases who agreed to share their experiences of abandoning AIDS drugs, the objective of this document. This subject could be expanded considerably.

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