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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke March 8, 2022

No, COVID-19 vaccines aren’t causing AIDS

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  • COVID-19 vaccines don’t cause AIDS, and they don’t make people more susceptible to HIV or AIDS. 

COVID-19 vaccines don’t cause AIDS, but a recent blog post claims otherwise. 

"Whilst you’ve been distracted by Russia-Ukraine," the March 6 blog post says, "worldwide data has confirmed the vaccinated are developing COVID vaccine-induced Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome."

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Though the blog’s title leads readers to expect global data to support the statement that COVID-19 vaccines are causing AIDS in its recipients, no such evidence is presented. 

Rather it lays out a case that pulls data from various sources and ends with these "closing arguments": "We therefore propose that the COVID-19 injections are causing either acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or a new novel condition with similar attributes (that) can only be described as COVID-19 Vaccine Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (VAIDS)."

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AIDS is an immune disease caused by human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. As we’ve previously reported, the COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t introduce HIV into the body or cause AIDS. We’ve also fact-checked and found false the claim that COVID-19 booster shots contain "eight strains of HIV."


"AIDS has only one cause, HIV," Michael Imperiale, a professor in the microbiology and immunology department at the University of Michigan, told us. "This is because HIV replication destroys the immune system. This is why HIV-infected people are given antiviral drugs, to prevent them from getting AIDS."

Dr. David Wohl, an infectious disease expert specializing in HIV research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, said there’s "no way" any COVID-19 vaccine can cause an HIV infection or AIDS. 

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