Lyme Disease: A New Plague Met With Silence, Denial This has happened before, and histories like this should not repeat.

By David Michael Connor

I  ’ve got a book in front of me: According to the cover, it’s the “20th Anniversary Edition of the Classic Bestseller.” The book is called “And The Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic.”

And The Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS EpidemicIt was written by Randy Shilts, who in the book’s acknowledgments states, “I would not have been able to write this book if I had not been a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, the only daily newspaper in the United States that did not need a movie star to come down with AIDS before it considered the epidemic a legitimate news story deserving thorough coverage.”

It’s a striking statement, isn’t it, with the benefit of hindsight? What Shilts in 1987 described as an epidemic we now know to be a pandemic, a global massacre by infectious disease. According to, 36.9 million people currently live with HIV/AIDS and, “Even today, despite advances in our scientific understanding of HIV and its prevention and treatment as well as years of significant effort by the global health community and leading government and civil society organizations, most people living with HIV or at risk for HIV do not have access to prevention, care, and treatment, and there is still no cure.” Thirty-four million people have died from AIDS to date…… Join or login below to continue reading.

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4 Reader Comments

  1. I, too, have late stage Lyme. For 3 years I was told all of the things not wrong with me and finally fibromyalgia by one doctor and chronic fatigue by another. Luckily, my spouse knew something was wrong so she kept me sane. I finally received a Lyme diagnosis and one year of antibiotics. Unfortunately, too much damage has been done to return me to a normal life. Headaches are a way of life. My balance stinks. Knee pain is also a daily routine. Pain rotates through other joints. I wear a bracelet hat says “Never Give Up.”. That has been the most effective treatment of the lasting effects.

  2. Would it be possible to sue the CDC to remove their recommendations that are not supported by published research?

  3. CDC can’t be sued so far as I know. The individuals who work for the CDC have the same liability that we all do. There is presently an antitrust suit naming IDSA members who work for the CDC as well as companies in the insurance industry as defendants.

    Although I certainly hope the courts can be used to get some attention on this issue and stop all the distortion coming from IDSA/CDC — and most importantly focus research on this exploding epidemic — probably a much more effective way to get that attention would be to protest *Big Pharma* and just ignore the CDC. Big Pharma is very sensitive to “optics” while the CDC has no such concern. It may also be the case that Big Pharma simply isn’t aware of how bad this problem has become. Both of these factors could push them to do something if there were a major protest pointed at a particular Big Pharma company on the east coast. It might only take a few hundred to a few thousand people to do it.

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