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Protest at the Village Voice


Well, it’s nice to know someone cares enough to show up in the rain.

A handful of AIDS denialists showed up in front of the Voice offices on Cooper Square this afternoon to hand out leaflets protesting our cover story this week.

In the story, the Voice had complained that the New York Times was acting as though the recent completion of a three-year study by the Vera Institute of Justice had put to rest, finally, any questions about the AIDS-babies-as-guinea-pigs story that gripped much of the town a few years ago.

Voice staff writer Elizabeth Dwoskin bothered to call folks at the Vera Institute, and found out that far from settling matters, the researchers at the institute were actually very frustrated that, for example, they had never been able to get access to the medical records of the children who had been subjected to AIDS drug testing from 1989 to about 2002, some of whom died.

Dwoskin then cataloged all of the still-unanswered, troubling questions about how much the children suffered side-effects from toxic experimental drugs, and she also tracked down a 22-year-old who actually lived through the horrific times at Incarnation Children’s Center, something the Times didn’t bother to do.

The protesters, however, were handing out leaflets suggesting that the Voice somehow “excused” the treatment of the children. But it’s more likely that they didn’t appreciate the way we pointed out that AIDS denialists had contributed to so much disinformation over the years about what happened in the drug trials.

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