Meet The People…

Christine Maggiore has lived in health without the use of AIDS drugs since testing positive in 1992. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, filmmaker Robin Scovill, and their healthy children ages six and two. Both children were born without medical intervention and were breastfed.
Darren Main tested positive in 2000 and received an AIDS diagnosis in 2001 based on his T-cell count. Darren teaches yoga in San Francisco, is the author of several books and a popular public speaker. He continues to live in health without AIDS drug treatments.
Leonardo Ramirez has been living in health without AIDS drugs since testing positive in 1984. He is an avid cyclist and operates his own pool cleaning service in Los Angeles.
David Fink tested positive in 1985 and has never taken AIDS drugs. He received an AIDS diagnosis in 2003 base on a case of pneumonia and a low T-cell count. After a full recovery he continues to refuse AIDS medications. He lives in San
Francisco with his partner, Lee.
Kris Doe tested HIV positive in 1996 while pregnant with her second child. She began AZT treatment in her fifth month but quite a year later due to severe jaundice. Kris died of liver failure in 2002. She leaves behind two daughters.
Winstone Zulu tested HIV positive in 1990 and rose to acclaim as an international AIDS treatment advocate. In 2000, he resigned after revealing that he and his wife did not take AIDS meds and had a baby without AZT. IN 2003, he began drug therapy and resumed mainstream AIDS work. He lives in Zambia, Africa.
Richard MacIntyre tested positive in 1984 and has never taken AIDS medications. He is a published author and a professor of nursing at Mercy College in New York City where he lives with his partner, Robert.
Ed A. tested HIV + in 1982 and began AIDS drug treatments following a drop in Tcells in 1996. A subsequent decline in health prompted his move from Los Angeles to Palm Springs where he resides today.
In 1999 while hospitalized with pneumonia, Jeffrey Acuña was diagnosed with AIDS and immediately began drug therapy. His current health status and whereabouts are unknown.
Kathleen Tyson tested positive in 1997 and does not take AIDS medications. A full time mother, her interests include running, organic gardening and lending support to other HIV positive women who refuse drug treatments. She lives in Oregon with her husband who tests HIV negative and their two healthy children.
HIV negative newborn Felix Tyson was taken into Oregon state custody after his parents refused to give him AIDS drugs. Under mandated state care, Felix received AZT treatments for
the first six weeks of his life. Today Felix is a healthy five year old and is back in the care of his family.
Rachel Doe was treated with AZT in utero and via formula during the first six weeks of her life. Her current health, developmental status and whereabouts are unknown.
Willie Brown served two terms as Mayor of San Francisco. His AIDS policies remained unchanged after his meeting with Christine Maggiore. Despite the fact that HIV numbers in San Francisco peaked in the early 80s, Brown's administration received ever increasing AIDS funding throughout his tenure.
Prior to questioning AIDS, Peter Duesberg was the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Nobel Prize nomination for his discovery of oncogenes. Since being labeled an AIDS dissident, Duesberg has lost his funding, his research lab and his reputation in the scientific community. Duesberg's current work on an innovative theory of cancer has gained notoriety and inspired talk of a second Nobel Prize nomination.
In 1993, Kary Mullis won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his invention of PCR, a revolutionary DNA amplification process. PCR is the cornerstone of the HIV Viral Load theory despite Mullis' assertions that PCR cannot detect or diagnose viral infection. Mullis is Vice President and Director of Molecular Biology at Burstein Technologies, a world renowned scientific consultant and a popular lecturer.
Shortly after announcing his discovery of HIV, Gallo was accused by the Pasteur Institute in France of stealing the cell culture he claimed contained HIV. After an investigation and diplomatic negotiations, an agreement was reached to share the patent rights and discovery credit between US and French researchers. Despite being excoriated in a 2002 book by journalist John Crewdson, Gallo remains the director of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland.
Mark Wainberg is a professor at the McGill University AIDS Center in Montreal, Canada, and a past president of the International AIDS Society. He was the first to identify and test the drug 3TC as a potential AIDS treatment and holds several drug patents. Wainberg has received grants from a number AIDS drug manufacturers including GlaxoSmithKlein, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Boehringer-Ingelheim.
Charles Farthing serves as the Medical Director of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the world's largest and fastest growing AIDS treatment advocacy organizations. AHF's Treatment = Life campaign is used worldwide to inspire demand for AIDS drugs and assure compliance with complex treatment regimens. Dr. Farthing Maintains a practice in infectious disease at Cedars Sanai hospital in Los Angeles, California.
Rex Poindexter tested positive in 1996 and lived in health without AIDS drugs until 2003 when he was diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma. Rex started chemotherapy in September 2003, and began taking AIDS medications in December 2003. He died in January 2004 and is survived by his partner, John.
After more than a year of exploration into Christine Maggiore's work, the multi-platinum, grammy-award winning rock band Foo Fighters began their support of Alive and Well AIDS Alternatives with a benefit concert in 2000.  The group continues to examine and promote alternative AIDS information in spite of harsh media criticism.