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     Shortly after we published the Kramer piece, I received a phone call from John Berendt, then an editor at Geo magazine. He had just read an interesting hypothesis about the cause of AIDS in New Scientist, a colorful British scientific journal that is a mixture of serious and “pop” science. The brief article was about a letter that had been published in one of the world’s leading medical journals, The Lancet. In the letter a young scientist in Boston named Jane Teas proposed for the first time that AIDS might be caused by African swine fever virus.[i] She pointed out that the symptoms of AIDS closely resembled those of African swine fever. She also noted that in Haiti, which also had a growing AIDS epidemic, there was simultaneously an epidemic of African swine fever virus in pigs. She hypothesized that vacationing gay men might have contracted the disease by eating undercooked pork.

     I instantly thought the theory was reasonable and should be explored. It had the ring of truth to it. I discussed the hypothesis with James D’Eramo, a man with a Ph.D. in medical ecology and infectious diseases, who had become our new science reporter, and I asked him to call Teas and arrange to interview her in Boston, which he did the following weekend. I was feeling very competitive about the story. I wanted New York Native to publish the first lengthy interview with her.

    When D’Eramo got back from Boston and filled me in on her ideas, I was even more convinced that her hypothesis was the most compelling one I had heard in two years. We published his interview with Teas in the May 23, 1983, issue and started it on the cover with the headline, “Is African Swine Fever the Cause?”

     The day the article appeared, something weird happened. A gay activist in New York attacked the idea publicly and said he thought the Teas idea was racist. That struck me as very strange and I wondered if we had hit some mysterious political nerve. It wasn’t the reaction I was expecting from anyone in the gay community.

     At the time that Teas wrote her letter, she was a postgraduate student at the Harvard School of Public Health and she didn’t have much money. I was soon talking to her on a regular basis and she told me she wished she could attend a conference in Florida about exotic animal diseases because some sessions of the meeting were going to focus on African swine fever. I offered to pay for the trip to the conference because I was convinced the scientists there might support her idea and help test it.

     She called us after the first day of the conference and was elated. She had presented her ideas at one of the African swine fever sessions. When she was done, the man who was leading the session denounced her idea to the audience, but afterwards, a number of scientists approached her and expressed their enthusiasm about the idea that there was a link between African swine fever and AIDS. She began to make arrangements at the conference to test her hypothesis with some of the scientists. At that point I thought the money to send her there had been well spent.

     But that all changed later that week. She called to tell us that at a reception near the end of the conference, she had seen the interested scientists talking to government officials who were in attendance. Subsequently, one by one, the scientists who had previously been enthusiastic about her idea approached her to tell her they would not be able to investigate her hypothesis. She felt that they had all been pressured to change their minds.

      From the very beginning of the epidemic, government scientists had given the impression that finding out what was the cause of AIDS was their first and only priority. It therefore puzzled me when there was government resistance about testing Teas’s very reasonable African swine fever hypothesis. When Jane Teas wrote directly to the CDC in April of 1983 to explain her ASFV idea, she received a cold shoulder. Dr. Michael Gregg, the deputy director of the Epidemiology Program Office, wrote to Teas that he had shared her thoughts with Dr. James Curran (of the AIDS Task Force) and Dr. John Bennett, Assistant Director for Medical Science at the Center for Infectious Diseases. Gregg wrote back to Teas, “Rest assured that if they and other members of the senior staff here feel that more effort should be directed to uncover any real association between [AIDS and African swine fever], it will be done. As I believe I implied in our telephone conversation, it is relatively difficult for outside scientists such as yourself to impact directly on research programs within a center such as CDC. Quite frankly, perhaps the best you can expect is an acknowledgement with thanks. Nevertheless, I do wish to convey to you my personal thanks for your obvious interest and encouragement. As you state, the power of the pen should not be underestimated.” In retrospect, this looks like the elitist don’t-bother-us attitude that is typical of the hermetically sealed world of abnormal science that AIDS turned out to be.

[i] Jane Teas has a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.

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