Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has been the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NHIAD) since 1984, had major failures in combating the HIV epidemic back in the 1984s.

Then why has he been allowed to remain in charge and to lead America during another epidemic, asks PJ Media columnist Stacey Lennox in an argumentative commentary.

Fauci admitted recently the National Institutes of Health, of which the NIAID is a part, had actually funded China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is where the coronavirus pandemic is suspected to have started.

NIAID provided funding and then approved a research continuation during the Obama administration, and it seems as if Fauci has never been questioned about approving that, Lennox writes.


She emphasizes that the biggest question surrounding Fauci is how he has been allowed to run the NIAID for more than 35 years considering his botched response to the HIV epidemic in the 1980s.

HIV and Covid stories share a lot of similarities

Lennox argues that at least three major similarities exist between COVID-19 and the HIV epidemic with respect to Fauci’s response.

Fauci has spurred a public scare with his talk of COVID’s asymptomatic spread, massively affecting America’s public life.

Yet, he told reporters back in January 2020, that respiratory viruses were not driven by asymptomatic spread.

The idea that people could carry large enough viral loads in order to transmit the virus without suffering any symptoms is absurd for any infectious disease, not to mention respiratory viruses and other coronaviruses.


Yet, Fauci and some others have nonetheless been using that as a justification for making unvaccinated citizens wear masks since studies proved that asymptomatic cases stand at 0.7%.

A much larger share of cases is attributed to individuals with mild non-specific symptoms who are presymptomatic.

Back in the 1980s during the HIV crisis, Fauci likewise created a panic over transmission.

Based on an infant infection, he speculated that regular household contact could spread the virus.

Media reports immediately created a public scare causing those infected to be stigmatized.

That includes the infamous case of 13-year-old Ryan White who had to wage a legal battle to be allowed to go back to school but even when he was, he was treated so bad his family had to move.


This HIV casual transmission panic was horrendous as people would question if their fellow citizens might be a threat to their lives.

Even when other researchers used the evidence to put forth blood and body fluids as transmission routes, those were ignored to a great extent while Fauci’s wrongful statements were favored, against the backdrop of an election season in which the Left was desperately trying to beat another GOP president.

In another of Fauci’s failures in the 1980s HIV epidemic, Fauci was pleaded by doctors and activists to publicize successful treatment of pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) with a combination antibiotic, Bactrim, approved by the FDA in 1973.


In his memoir on the ramifications of AIDS, “Body Counts”, author Sean Strub explains that Fauci repeatedly refused to recognize the evidence, and one point even told people with AIDS to avoid treatments like Bactrium unless they were specifically approved by the FDA for treating AIDS.

In the two years during which physicians and activists ignored Bactrium treatment since it was not officially endorsed, PCP caused the deaths of almost 17,000 AIDS patients.

Similar to 1980, last spring a number of doctors have been advocating treatments with safe and effective drugs which produced good results in their practices.

And, yet, in a world in which Dr. Fauci is considered an expert, those have been left to be ignored. Dr. Thomas Yadegar of Providence Cedars-Sinai, ICU Director, for example, reported success in keeping patients from having to be put on a ventilator.


During the outbreak in NYC’s Jewish community, Dr. Zev Zelenko was successful in keeping people out of the hospital using a mix of generic drugs.

Fauci must be questioned over his choice to ignore treatment protocols with generic drugs which are not just safe and effective but also cheap.

But the overarching question remains as to why the person who botched the response to the HIV epidemic in the 1980s kept being promoted and has led the nation through a second pandemic.