No link between HIV and AIDS, court told


HIV/AIDSAn expert witness in the appeal of a HIV-positive man convicted of having unprotected sex with three women has been accused of misleading an Adelaide court.

Perth medical researcher Eleni Papadopulos-Eleopulos has told the South Australian Supreme Court of Appeal that HIV does not exist.

The AIDS dissident is one of two expert defence witnesses in an application to appeal the conviction of Andre Chad Parenzee, 35.

Parenzee was found guilty of endangering the lives of three woman last January because he did not tell them he had HIV and had unprotected sex with them.

One woman has since contracted the virus.

Parenzee's defence argues he could not have endangered the women's lives because HIV does not exist.

Ms Papadopulos-Eleopulos is a medical engineer with the Royal Perth Hospital and heads the Perth Group, which believes that there is no link between HIV and AIDS.

Under cross examination, Prosecutor Sandi McDonald attacked Ms Papadopulos-Eleopulos's credibility.

Ms McDonald accused the witness of misrepresenting studies presented to the court by omitting words from quotes that did not support her argument.

Some words were replaced by ellipses in a powerpoint presentation presented to the court last year.

But Ms Papadopulos-Eleopulos denied she had manipulated quotes, saying any information or words left out were irrelevant.

"We (the Perth Group) are not interested in speculation and commentary - only in the data," she told the court.

Ms Papadopulos-Eleopulos said the virus had not been isolated, nor was the test to detect HIV accurate.

From Thursday, the prosecution will call up to six of their own witnesses, including former Australian of the Year and leading scientist Sir Gustav Nossal, as the case continues before Justice John Sulan.

Parenzee, who faces up to 15 years' jail for each charge, is being held in custody awaiting sentence.