SotF – Myles Power – AIDS Denialism… yep that’s a thing

Saturday 22 August 2015, 7:50 pm - 8:50 pm
At: Banshee Labyrinth, 29-35 Niddry Street, EH1 1LG

Myles Power

Myles Power

In the early days of the AIDS epidemic there were many dangerous ideas about its origin and cause. Since the discovery of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) these conspiracy theories have all but vanished. Over the last 30 years, scientific research has produced effective treatments, rapid HIV tests, and promising cures.

Yet unbelievably there are a small number of people who are sceptical of the “official story”. Worryingly, these people are well funded and pose a real threat to public health. Many spread their harmful theories, defend people who have irresponsibly infected their partners, and some have funded the documentary House of Numbers.

The documentary encourages people to come off their medication, tells them that HIV tests don’t work, and that anti-viral drugs such as AZT are the real cause of AIDS. The documentary-makers use of out-of-context quotations from scientists, deceitful editing techniques, and flat out lies. I have dedicated a large amount of time to exposing some of the documentary’s more insidious claims. In response there have been attempts to silence my criticism with multiple Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) violation claims filed against me; they have also published my personal information as well as my employment contact details and promoted people to contact them.

In my talk I discuss some of the dangerous assertions in the documentary and explain how they have led to the death and suffering of hundreds of thousands of people. I will also talk about the failure of the DMCA and how it can be exploited by the proponents of pseudoscience.

Myles Power runs the educational YouTube channel powerm1985. He’s originally from Middlesbrough in the North East of England, but has spent a large potion of his adult life living in Manchester. He is a chemist who has over 8 years of experience working in a research lab, which has given him the skills he needs to research and debunk virus psuedoscience theories. He has discussed some of the theories on his YouTube channel including AIDS denialists, 911 truthers, the anti-vaccination movement and homeopathy to name a few. He is also one of the founding members of the podcast The League of Nerds which he co-hosts with James from The History of Infection.

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