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Virologist and Nobel Prize winner Luc Montagnier

September 9, 2016 (LifeSiteNews)Luc Montagnier was not a conservative by any stretch of the imagination. In 2008, he won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus. He worked at the time at the World Foundation for AIDS Research and Prevention in Paris, France.

Years before, in 1986, when AIDS first became known and was still popularly called “the gay cancer,” Montagnier, recently famous for his discovery, was speaking at a press conference in Caracas, Venezuela, during which he was deluged by reporters eager to learn more of the new killer virus. He was first asked by a reporter if the virus had been manufactured by the superpowers (the cold war was still on at the time) for bacteriological warfare, a popular theory at the time. 

“No,” Montagnier replied, “it’s very old; we have blood samples from the 30s.” 

How then do we explain that it is now so suddenly an epidemic? he was asked as a follow-up. “The pill” was his simple response. Silence ensued.

Christine Vollmer, the California-born daughter of a French anthropologist and an English mother, was acting as interpreter for the French-speaking Montagnier. Vollmer, a founding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and a member of the Pontifical Council for the Family, spoke with LifeSiteNews about the incident. Vollmer was involved because the Nobel Laureate was invited to Caracas to speak about AIDS by the association that she heads.

When the media present asked how the pill related to AIDS — which was mainly found among men who had sexual relations with other men — Montagnier replied that the pill had the effect of causing a surge of promiscuity from the 60s to the 80s and promiscuity quickly leads to “these things” (by which he meant homosexual sexual practices).

In private conversation with Montagnier after the press scrum, Vollmer wondered aloud if he thought that perhaps the depopulation of Rome, which went from nearly two million in 200 AD to only about 30,000 in the span of little more than two centuries, was related to AIDS. “It is entirely possible,” he replied.

During other meetings organized by the Asociacion Provida de Venezuela for Montagnier with medical and university authorities, the theory was also discussed that the virus perhaps originated as a kind of autoimmune response caused by the unnatural absorption of male gametes by men through the unprotected rectum, bringing on a process of rejection and immune confusion. This theory had neither been proved nor disproved at the time.