Controversial HIV and AIDS book and film launch in early February
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
For further information, review copies and launch/screening invitations please contact:
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7727 6301 / + 44 (0) 7957 585 515
Book site: www.positivelyfalsebook.com
Film site: www.positivehell.com http://bit.ly/HIVAIDSupdate
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Positive Hell - Marbella International Film Festival 'Best Documentary' nomination 2014