Skeptic of AIDS research
Christine Maggiore, an activist who vehemently denied that HIV causes AIDS, declined to take anti-AIDS drugs and sued Los Angeles County for stating that her 3-year-old daughter succumbed to AIDS-related pneumonia, has died. She was 52.
Ms. Maggiore died at her Van Nuys home on Saturday. She had been treated for pneumonia in the past six months, but her official cause of death was pending, county coroner assistant chief Ed Winter said Tuesday.
He said it was unclear whether her death was AIDS-related.
For a year after her diagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus in 1992, Ms. Maggiore was a volunteer at AIDS shelters and spoke about the risks of the virus at health fairs and schools. She began to change her views in 1993 when she had more HIV tests that gave contradictory results, some negative and some positive.
"The more I read, the more I became convinced that AIDS research had jumped on a bandwagon that was headed in the wrong direction," she wrote on the Web site of her nonprofit organization, Alive & Well AIDS Alternatives.