David Rasnick : biography
David Rasnick is a chemist and biologist known for his work in the area of HIV/AIDS denial.
University affiliation claims
David Rasnick has claimed to be a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. However, in response to a 2006 editorial in which David Rasnick claimed affiliation with the university, the chairman of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley wrote:
David Rasnick responded:
Work with Rath Foundation
David Rasnick has worked with Matthias Rath in South Africa, where they have emphasized the purported risks of antiretroviral therapy and urged HIV/AIDS patients to use vitamin and nutritional supplements instead. David Rasnick and the Rath Foundation became the subject of a lawsuit by the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in South Africa. The lawsuit was brought as a result of clinical trials conducted by David Rasnick and the Rath Foundation that were not approved by the appropriate authorities in South Africa and did not undergo any ethical review. The trials involved recruiting poor black South Africans with HIV, instructing them not to take effective antiretrovirals, and providing them instead with vitamin supplements.Wendell Roelf, Reuters, "South African Court Bans AIDS Vitamin Trials" 13 June 2008 These trials resulted in at least five deaths known to TAC, and possibly up to twelve.
In June, 2008, the South African Cape High Court ruled against Rasnick and other defendants associated with the Rath Foundation, declaring their vitamin trials illegal and prohibiting the publication of false advertisements for vitamins. The Court also stated that health authorities in South Africa have an obligation to investigate and stop illegal activities of Rasnick and the Rath Foundation.
Education and views
David Rasnick received a Ph.D. in chemistry from Georgia Tech in 1978. In a 1998 interview, Rasnick stated that he had studied proteases and their inhibitors for twenty years. According to PubMed, Rasnick has contributed to 18 scientific papers on protease-related research.
Rasnick is best known for his views regarding HIV/AIDS denial, shared with a small group composed mostly of non-scientists. Their claim – that HIV is not the main cause of AIDS – puts them at odds with the scientific community. Regarding his level of expertise on HIV/AIDS, Rasnick states that his own research on rat proteases did not involve HIV/AIDS:
Rasnick has proposed that HIV testing be completely outlawed.
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