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Controversial HIV and AIDS book and film launch in early February

2015-01-21

January 21, 2015, London, UK. Press Dispensary. On Thursday February 5, the Frontline Club, London, will see the launch of the fully updated anniversary edition of "Positively False - Exposing the Myths around HIV and AIDS", the explosive and highly controversial book first written sixteen years ago by award-winning investigative journalist Joan Shenton.

The launch will be accompanied by the UK premier screening of Positive Hell, a 30 minute documentary which follows the lives of five people who offer themselves as remarkable living examples of the claims made by Positively False.

Shenton's first edition of Positively False turned commonly held views of HIV and AIDS upside down, questioning how the HIV diagnosis is typically reached, the value of the costly, debilitating drugs intended to treat it, the motives of the drugs companies and whether there is really a need for the hell suffered by many of those diagnosed as 'HIV-positive'.

The anniversary edition launch at the Frontline Club will start at 6.30pm, for drinks and canapés, with a screening of Positive Hell at 7pm, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

The launch and the event are set to raise the profile and controversy, once more, of the HIV and AIDS debate.

Journalists and reviewers are warmly invited to attend. Review copies of the book (available in paperback and digitally) are also available in advance and at the event. RSVP Joan Shenton using the details below.

About Positively False

Positively False has been described as riveting, not only for its startling content but also for the way it carries the reader through the author's meticulously researched investigation: journalism of a high calibre. The new anniversary edition features the original text, updates and new contributions from 20 journalists, writers, renowned scientists and clinicians.

Author Joan Shenton said: "Positively False and Positive Hell together present a damning indictment of the orthodox approach to HIV and AIDS, in which a short while spent on a questionable diagnosis can lead to a lifetime of mental and physical anguish. Had people not taken that test, so many would have gone on to live utterly normal lives.

"We said this 16 years ago and sadly it remains just as true today. The difference is that today we have far more hindsight. Science has still not produced any vaccine or other cure, nor proven that a retrovirus called HIV is the cause of the various old, known diseases lumped together under the name AIDS.

"And many people who have rejected the orthodoxy and the treatment, or who were diagnosed too early to have been treated, have now had decades of normal life, as we show in Positive Hell. An HIV-positive diagnosis can in fact be caused by many factors, from recreational drugs to pregnancy, leading to so much inappropriate treatment.

"Billions of dollars and millions of lives have been wasted. And who has benefitted?"

Positively False is available in paperback. The Kindle version will be available from February 4 and, on the day of the launch, will be free to download worldwide for 24 hours only. Customers can search their local Amazon site or visit www.positivelyfalsebook.com for the links.

About Positive Hell

Positive Hell is a 30 minute documentary following the lives of five people and their families who, for years, lived in fear of their HIV-positive diagnoses but who rejected or did not receive the standard treatments. All went on to live entirely normally for decades, not least having children - the outcome of unprotected sex which has always been the ultimate taboo - who themselves are now healthy adults and HIV-negative.

The documentary was nominated for best documentary at Marbella International Film Festival, September 2014. A trailer may be seen at http://www.positivehell.com/

About the launch event

The launch of the book and film will take place at the Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place,
London W2 1QJ on Thursday February 5th, 2015.

6.30 pm: drinks and canapes.
7.00 pm: screening of "Positive Hell" (30 mins)
7.30pm: panel discussion and book signing.


The panel will include:
Joan Shenton, author and film narrator
Christian Fiala, specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology
David Crowe, president of Rethinking AIDS
Claus Koehnlein, MD, specialist in internal medicine

Moderators will be journalists Neville Hodgkinson and Celia Farber.

Panelists and others will be available for interview on or around the launch day.

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Notes for editors
The original announcement of the launch, with further information, expert quotes and photos, may be read at http://bit.ly/posfalse .

Joan Shenton has extensive experience of producing and presenting television and radio programmes, including many peak time network documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, Central TV, and Thames TV.

Joan Shenton’s independent production company Meditel Productions has won seven television awards and was the first independent company ever to win a Royal Television Society Award for an episode of Channel 4's Dispatches. It has produced eight network documentaries for Channel 4, Sky News and M-Net, South Africa on the AIDS debate. “AIDS - The Unheard Voices” won the Royal Television Society Award for Current Affairs.

Her book Positively False – Exposing the Myths around HIV and AIDS was originally published by I.B. Tauris in 1998 and is now not only reprinted but updated, including contributions from 20 leading dissident scientists and journalists, plus Peter Duesberg et al.'s withdrawn 2009 paper for Medical Hypothesis and the script of the film Positively False.

Positively False – Birth of a Heresy, a 90 minute documentary
co-produced with director Andi Reiss, was nominated for best documentary at Lucerne and Marbella international film festivals.

Dr Christian Fiala is a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology. He is medical director of the Gynmed clinic in Vienna.

David Crowe HSBC (Hons), biology/mathematics, is president of Rethinking AIDS, and founder and president of the Alberta Reappraising AIDS Society.

Claus Koehnlein MD, specialist in internal medicine,  Dept. of Oncology, Univ. of Kiel, Germany, 1983 -1993. Since 1993, he has been in private practice, increasingly treating HIV- positive people who decline antiviral drugs. Co-author with Torsten Engelbrecht of Virus Mania - How the Medical Industry Continually Invents Epidemics, Making Billion-Dollar Profits At Our Expense, 2007.

Neville Hodgkinson is a former medical correspondent and science correspondent for The Sunday Times. He is the author of AIDS: The Failure of Contemporary Science.

Celia Farber is an award winning journalist, author and editor based in New York. She has written for Spin, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Harper's and many more, and is the author of Serious Adverse Events: An Uncensored History of AIDS.

POSITIVELY FALSE - Exposing the Myths around HIV and AIDS
16th anniversary edition
by Joan Shenton
Print ISBN 9781503030886

POSITIVE HELL - documentary
Year : 2014/5                                                    
Length: 30 mins
Format: HD
Writer and narrator: Joan Shenton
Music : Mark Wood
Associate producer : Mark Wood
Producers: Andi Reiss and Joan Shenton
Director, cinematographer and editor: Andi Reiss
© Meditel Productions and Yellow Media Entertainment

For further information, review copies and launch/screening invitations please contact:
Joan Shenton
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7727 6301 / + 44 (0) 7957 585 515
Email:
Book site: www.positivelyfalsebook.com
Film site: www.positivehell.com

Media contacts

Joan Shenton
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7727 6301 / + 44 (0) 7957 585 515
Email:
Book site: www.positivelyfalsebook.com
Film site: www.positivehell.com

Keywords/tags
HIV dissent HIV myths HIV diagnosis AIDS diagnosis Positively False Positive Hell Joan Shenton Andi Reiss Christian Fiala David Crowe Peter Duesberg Neville Hodgkinson Celia Farber

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