If you have read the section of my page regarding HIV/AIDS information, you would’ve noticed that I mentioned HIV/AIDS denial and the dangers it poses to public health. This danger stems from the fact that some of the individuals in these groups, in particular the group “Rethinking AIDS” advise people living with HIV to stop treatment, never start it to begin with, avoid getting tested, etc.
These people have always complained about how people from the “AIDS establishment”, as they like to call those involved in HIV/AIDS as activists, doctors, scientists, pro positive bloggers, etc, treat them and others who have passed away. Well, the attacks my family had to endure since the birth of my son and since I decided to abandon the movement has shown that not only that certain people within these denialist groups can be quite sickening and childish in their insults and attacks; but that the movement itself proves to be cultish and conspiracy driven in nature.
I believe people deserve to see what these people are saying about me so that perhaps they may think twice before entertaining the idea of joining them and being ostracized or worse if they do happen to change their views or decide to start or restart treatment for HIV.
I find this latest post of theirs quite amusing because last night, when I completed the work on my new blog, I joked with Jessica about the denialists finding my blog and coming up with all sorts of convoluted conspiracies behind it’s creation.
Dean Braus, the creator of the post, wrote the following:
“I just found the “author” John Strangis, and when I clicked on it I came to “John on youtube”, “John on Facebook”, “John on Twitter” and “John on Instagram”. Wow, what a career he’s stemmed in such a short time. Oh, I forgot to mention, I also stumbled over this..apparently there is no first to like this yet.”
Yes Dean, there are no likes as of yet because I created my blog just last night and the so called “career” I created for myself was done out of my own accord and was not paid for nor sponsored by anyone in the “AIDS establishment”. The fact that another member of that group suggested that the logo above the Desert AIDS Project in Palm Springs’ building is an a pyramid with an all seeing eye and therefore a symbol of the Illuminati should say enough.
David Crowe is the president of “Rethinking AIDS” and his followers claim that he is helping people, knows everything about the “HIV fraud”; a saint in their eyes, apparently. This is the man that another denialist group, “The Perth Group”, doesn’t think too highly of either; unless their position in his regards has recently changed. Hey, at least Perth and I agree on something.
This man also accused me of selling my soul to the devil when I decided to leave the denialist movement, restart treatment and listen to reason instead of their cultish propaganda.
This other comment is hysterical. Yeah, Rodney!!!! I have attracted the attention of the CDC, big pharma and they gave me an offer I couldn’t refuse! Hmm…kind of thinking about it, I need to call to see when that new Ferrari Enzo the drug companies donated as a thank you to me is ready for pickup. Heh, I wish someone would really donate me a Ferrari Enzo. Oh, and karmic cycle is inescapable. Let me explain this to those who do not understand where this is going.
According to a guy like him and others in that group, I am a traitor who is leading people to their death because I am now promoting HIV/AIDS awareness; which in their eyes is the equivalent of leading people to the death camps. I still don’t understand why they see me as a traitor. Yes, I spoke for them and believed what they preached for a while but I always told them that I was an independent. Someone just last week alleged that I was the leader of the Rethinking AIDS movement at the time. Oooookaaaay….
David Crowe also wonders if I was ever a “Rethinker” to begin with. Think about this one for a second. Being a rethinker and questioning is fine but a real rethinker when confronted with evidence that contradicts his own “rethinking”, he should admit he was wrong. I guess being a “Rethinker” to these people means something completely different; if you catch my drift. Sound cultish enough for you?
Now, these people sound like high school students gossiping in the hallways and I should just ignore them. But nah, not today. I was planning on considering doing so but since they keep poking at me, I poke back at them. Remember also that David Crowe is not even HIV positive; it makes me wonder what kind of perverse pleasure it gives him to continue harassing my family. Yes, being a public figure does expose me to crap such as this and I’m fine with that. Just don’t expect me not to respond in defense. I also wonder what kind of “goodies” I would be receiving by deciding to fake taking the HIV medicine I was prescribed by my doctor. But in case he was confused, let me set the record straight for him…
With this I’ll conclude it here. Decide what is best for you, people. Get tested, not get tested, take the drugs, don’t take the drugs, join a cult; it’s your personal choice. However, think about your decision before you might end up regretting it later as we did. I’ll also leave you with something to read: the wikipedia page regarding HIV/AIDS denialism.
Another comment that clearly shows that these people are delusional. Who’s picking fights here? They’re the ones who started their vicious attacks against my family; I respond in defense. Oh, I’m fighting my own battles, Christine. Stop picking fights with me and I will do the same. Until then, the defense of my family is a battle worth fighting for and one I will continue to carry on.
As you can see from the comments below, Dean Braus, the guy who started this thread felt the need to leave me a comment that I approved only to show people where the attacks are really coming from. I’ve blacklisted him and made it clear that I want no further contact with him. I’ll leave it at that and wait for the next attack considering how my public persona opens me up to them; this is to be expected. Go for it, or spread your information and leave me out of your discussions. What they decide to do is of no difference to me; just gives me more to blog about.
Dean’s comment, in case he decides to come back and delete it…
*07/13/15 Update. A few hours after the last*
And Dean continues on with his idiocy just a few hours later. Keep going at it and attack those commenting on this post as well. My friends or commenters’ personal quarrels with other people within that group are their own business. Yeah, Dean, I’m afraid of you removing your comments or perhaps I just feel the need to document your own public embarrassment for everyone else to gawk at.
To give the other people in the original group post some credit…at least they quit pestering me (for now). Not Dean…he appears to love my “egosite” quite some bit. Or perhaps he can’t stand the fact that I blocked him from posting because the last time we went back and forth in an argument, it went nowhere except for more insults and attacks.
After this, I’m done. Keep whining like a schoolgirl if you wish. Consider listening to some of the people in there who are telling you to spread the love. Quite frankly I have heard from the grapevine that this guy is not much liked around their own denialist groups either. I may be wrong, the grapevine may be wrong, or perhaps they love him; which is a scary thought to entertain.
In the meanwhile while writing my update I receive this comment:
As you can see it also seems like these people hope for my whole family to die. At this point, I must wonder if these people might be dangerous. From now on this is the last comment I approve from these people. Why? Because it serves no purpose and it’s a waste of my time. This blog post alone should be enough for people to understand the dangers of denialism and cults in general. And who in the world is “Johnny Nevirapine”? Bahh…
The following video should also help explain the attacks we have been enduring since the birth of my son, when my wife almost died and until today. My apologies for my wife Jessica yawning and appearing tired during the video. She was still recovering after spending two weeks in the ICU. The doctors thought she was going to die but fortunately she recovered because of the excellent medical care she was given.