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While analyzing covid policies and the deeper agenda that contributed to the inception of COVID-19 “vaccines,” I had to dig deeper into one of the influential figures involved in the pandemic response. While uncovering the truth about Dr. Fauci, I learned about particularly disturbing clinical trials and studies he sponsored over the years. This article specifically deals with NIAID / Fauci’s AIDS experiments on children.

In an Oncology Times article in 2003, “Little Good News as Infections Increase Worldwide and Effective Treatments Remain Elusive“, Dr. Fauci reported the continued severity and widespread reach of AIDS, “The news about the number of AIDS cases is bad and getting worse … In the next decade, 40 million more people will have AIDS, and by 2020, 70 million more people will die of it.” He also said that in the United States, there are “40,000 new infections every year, half of which are in people under age 25.”

Almost twenty years later, we know that these statements are not true – just blatant exaggerations. Fauci appropriated the HIV program from the National Cancer Institute in the mid-1980s and became the head figure in the “fight against AIDS.” He used his influence to incite fear in the public to feed his agenda for the development of pharmaceuticals that rewarded him very well financially. This is the same approach that we have seen Fauci take for the past two years in relation to SARS-CoV-2.

Since Fauci loves to be in the limelight, he has cultivated a relationship with mainstream media that has served to disseminate his propaganda. The media then, just like now, helped spread his fear-mongering narrative. According to the New York Times back then, between 1977 and 2006 nearly 4,000 New York City children were born HIV positive, “as many as one in five…were dying before the age of two and up to 50 percent were dead by four.”

AIDS Research in NYC

In 2003, an investigative reporter, Liam Scheff, decided to look into AIDS clinical trials based on a tip he got. The aunt of two kids who were in and out of a facility where experiments were taking place contacted him and related the horrific situation the children were experiencing. He interviewed doctors, childcare workers, pediatric AIDS nurses, teenage residents/ex-residents, and family members. He investigated the clinical trials taking place at the Incarnation Children’s Center in New York City.

In 2004, Scheff published “The House that AIDS Built.” He exposed NIAID / Fauci’s AIDS experiments on children. These clinical trials sponsored by the NIAID with taxpayer money involved hundreds of orphans and implicated pharmaceutical companies, the Incarnation Children’s Center, Catholic Charities, Columbia University Medical Center – Columbia Presbyterian, and other government agencies [NICHD (the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development), Child Protective Services (CPS)]. Scheff revealed that children were being used as guinea pigs at the Incarnation Children’s Center in AIDS drug trials. 

The Incarnation Children’s Center (ICC) was one of the facilities that housed children for these clinical trials. Children at ICC came from poor minority backgrounds. Child Protective Services had removed these children due to having tested positive and being orphans or because their families “failed to enforce compliance” with HIV drugs. The center started in 1989 as a group foster home providing enhanced medical care for HIV-infected children under the Catholic Charities arm of the Archdiocese of NY. In July of 2000, ICC was re-licensed under the Department of Health. 

Scheff reported that children were being treated as experimental rats. They were being abused by being forced to take AIDS medications even when they refused. Resistance to taking these drugs was strong in many children because, according to the childcare workers, nurses, and former ICC residents he interviewed, the drugs made many children immediately ill. These drugs caused severe nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea after ingestion. Those children who refused the drugs were held down and force-fed. If they continued to refuse the experimental drugs, invasive medical procedures were enforced. What’s even more despicable is that many of these procedures were done without anyone’s consent.

In an interview with Dr. Katherine Painter, a head doctor at ICC, the process of forcing ‘adherence that followed children’s refusal was an “N.G. Tube,” a tube inserted through the nose, and pushed down the throat of the child into the stomach, through which the ground pills were given. If drug refusal continued, a “G-Tube” was considered appropriate. Then, the children were taken to Columbia Presbyterian hospital where a surgeon inserted a gastrostomy tube in their abdomen which served as a place where the drugs were injected directly into them. Gastrostomy tube insertion can be seen in the medical literature to “improve drug adherence” in non-compliant pediatric patients.

AIDS Drugs

The experimental AIDS drugs given to these children were not approved for children. These toxic drugs had black box warnings and were known for causing horrific side effects. Some of these children experienced organ failure, bone marrow death, deformations, brain damage, skin disorders, strokes, blindness, large drug-induced lumps, and Stevens-Johnson syndrome (a blistering, peeling, potentially fatal skin rash), as well as death. Later on, it was exposed that over 200 children died during these clinical trials.

The following are some of the drugs used in the clinical trials conducted at ICC, Columbia Presbyterian, and other facilities involved in pediatric AIDS along with their adverse effects found in the literature:

  • Retrovir (AZT): AZT has been associated with hematologic toxicity [blood toxicity], including neutropenia [anemia] and severe anemia. Prolonged use of Retrovir has been associated with symptomatic myopathy [muscle wasting]. Lactic acidosis and severe hepatomegaly [liver swelling] with steatosis [fat degeneration], including fatal cases, have been reported with the use of nucleoside analogues.
  • Epivir (3TC, Lamivudine): Pancreatitis has been associated with pediatric patients.
  •  Zerit (Stavudine): Fatal lactic acidosis has been reported in pregnant women who received the combination of Didanosine and Stavudine with other antiretroviral agents.
  • Viramune (Nevirapine): Severe, life-threatening, and in some cases fatal hepatoxicity [liver damage], including hepatic necrosis [liver death] and hepatic failure, as well as severe, life-threatening skin reactions, including fatal cases of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis [skin death]…including fatal cases.
  • Ritonavi (Norvir): Redistribution/accumulation of body fat including central obesity, dorsocervical fat enlargement (buffalo hump), peripheral wasting, breast enlargement, lipid disorders, and substantial increases in the concentration of total triglycerides and cholesterol.
  • Kaletra  (Ritonavir + Lopinavir): Male mice have shown an increase in the incidence of both adenomas and carcinomas [malignant tumors] in the liver.

NIAID Published Research

ICC was involved in numerous experiments sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. One study researched “HIV Wasting Syndrome,” which studied how a child’s body changes when his medication is altered. Other experiments explored the reaction of not one, but two doses of the measles vaccine in kids ages 6 to 7 months, others involved combining up to six AIDS drugs – so-called “cocktails” – in children as young as 3 months. Several studies tested the safety, tolerance, and toxicity of AIDS drugs in helpless children, and even in infants of undetermined HIV status.

After learning what was going on at ICC, Michael Ellner, a minister and president of Health Education AIDS Liaison – an advocacy group for HIV parents, said “They are torturing these kids, and it is nothing short of murder.”

You can learn more in-depth details about Scheff’s investigations here

Something to keep in mind in relation to the diagnosis of AIDS is that HIV tests are not as accurate as they are painted to be. False-positive viral loads occur commonly in 3 to 10% of people who are HIV negative, with the highest reported rate being 60%. False-positive results can happen due to colds, herpes, hepatitis, tuberculosis, drug abuse, inoculations and most troublingly, current and prior pregnancies.


Office for Human Research Protections 

Scheff’s article came to the attention of Vera Hassner Sharav of the Alliance for Human Research Protection (AHRP), an organization she founded to monitor “the underbelly of research” after her schizophrenic son died of a reaction to an approved drug. After his death, she realized that people can’t “trust the men in the white coats… It’s a business now.”

After looking into ICC, she came to suspect that children had indeed died since some trials had ended, there had been a license change, and Dr. Stephen W. Nicholas had changed jobs. In March 2004, the AHRP filed a complaint with the federal Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) and with the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) against Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) – Columbia Presbyterian. 

The OHRP found that CUMC had failed to meet regulatory compliance pursuant to 45 CFR §46.111(a) and (b). According to OHRP, the CUMC institutional review board failed to meet regulatory requirements. They had not obtained sufficient information regarding safeguards required by statute to protect wards of the state and had failed to obtain sufficient information regarding the selection of wards of the state and foster children as research subjects. CUMC’s records also “demonstrate[d] a failure…to obtain sufficient information regarding the process for obtaining permission of parents and guardians for wards of the state or foster children.” Yet, the most damaging allegations against ICC, ACS, and CUMC remained unverified or discredited.

The Vera Institute of Justice

Due to the scandal, ACS (Administration for Children’s Services) acknowledged that about “89 children were part of clinical trials.” Later on, in 2005, ACS issued a press release acknowledging that actually “approximately 465 children likely participated in trials between 1988 and 2001.” Supposedly, the number of children was revised since they had discovered an additional “box of documents in the basement.” 

Then, ACS announced a contract with the Vera Institute of Justice to conduct an “independent review of ACS policy and practice regarding the enrollment of HIV- positive children in foster care in clinical drug trials.” Even though ACS allowed HIV-positive foster kids to be used by scientists until 2002, they paid the VERA Institute $3 million to “investigate” the clinical trials at ICC.

Yet, the investigation was hampered by administrators of Columbia Presbyterian hospital, which were directly involved in the experimental drugs and medical procedures. Despite Vera Institute’s request, Columbia administrators refused to provide full access to the medical records of the foster care children enrolled in the trials.

In 2008, reviewers found that 532 children in foster care participated in 88 clinical trials, including 65 trials of new medications, between 1985 and 2005. They reported that 25 children died during the studies and 55 died after completing a series of experiments while living in foster homes. It was also reported that files were poorly managed and often incomplete and that there were no signed informed consent documents in the case files of 21 percent of the children enrolled in clinical trials.

In 2009 Vera’s final document, findings confirmed that there were regulatory and policy violations, as well as serious human rights violations against these foster care children. It was reported that almost 500 children participated in these clinical trials. Despite ACS’s Medical Advisory Panel (MAP) recommending otherwise, 21 children participated in clinical trials and 64 children participated in trials without the MAP reviewing their cases. Additionally, some informed consent forms were not obtained from a legally authorized person. Furthermore, no payment or compensation was ever paid to any of the children used in the trials or to their families.

In a follow-up interview with Vera Myles of WBAI, the head of the VERA Institute, Tim Ross, admitted that they undercounted deaths in their report. It seemed that over “200 children died painful deaths” as a result of being unwilling subjects of these clinical trials.

Additional Media Exposure

Following Liam Scheff’s exposé, other media outlets investigated and reported the story: 

  • The New York Post published “AIDS Guinea Pigs – Foster Kids Used In ‘Illegal’ Drug Trials.”
  • The New York Press published “Abandoned Kids Are Force-Fed Experimental AIDS Drugs at a Catholic Children’s Home in Washington Heights. And the City Wants It That Way.” 
  • The BBC aired the documentary Guinea Pig Kids where a nurse, children, and family members of children taking part in ICC’s clinical trials were interviewed. This documentary is extremely disturbing since you see one of the children involved in the experiments talking about it. 
  • The attorney and radio host, Lizz Brown, also covered the story. She interviewed Scheff and Mimi Pascual – a childcare worker involved in the clinical trials at ICC. 

However, this scandal involving NIAID / Fauci’s AIDS experiments on children had to be counterchecked. Then, the New York Times published “Belated Charge Ignites Furor Over AIDS Drug Trial” by Janny Scott and Leslie Kaufman. This wasn’t an investigative piece but more like a cover-up story. The article reported that the clinical trials could be seen as “great successes of AIDS treatment since in the late 1980s, hundreds of children in New York City were dying of AIDS and doctors obtained permission to include foster children… the trials were anything but a medical success.“ 

They reported that in 1988 Dr. Stephen W. Nicholas had been treating abandoned infected children at a hospital, but when a young patient greeted him, “Hi, Daddy,” he wanted to find a home for them. Working with Columbia University and the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, Dr. Nicholas became the medical director of ICC from 1989 until 2001. Foster children there and elsewhere “were enrolled in clinical trials to help turn AIDS into a manageable disease.” Dr. Nicholas said, “no child ever had an unexpected side effect,” and no doctors “remembered any fatal reactions.”

The article mentioned that there were no findings as to whether any children were harmed or selected improperly for the trials. The authors asserted that there was “no evidence” of death even though they didn’t review any files or interview any children, parents, staff, or doctors at the facility. Yet, one of the authors admitted that the “permissions” for many of these children were “missing.”

Scheff contacted Janny Scott about her article, and in 2009 she responded to his persistent queries. She said that she “didn’t recall” interviewing Dr. Painter – the other doctor in charge of ICC – and did not review any patients’ medical files. She mentioned that there was no reason to talk about side effects since most drugs have them and those related to AIDS drugs are well-known.

She reported not recalling which studies she looked at or much information about the story since the New York Times moved to a new office and she “didn’t keep any files over a year old”. 

In 2009, the New York Times, in a follow-up story, was forced to admit that many children had died. The Times corrected its story saying that there were 25 deaths during the trials and 55 afterward, following a report from the VERA Institute.

Issues to Consider

The Nuremberg Code

When addressing issues related to research, the principles of the Nuremberg Code need to be at the forefront since they relate to ethics in human experimentation. The code was created as a result of the Nuremberg trials at the end of World War II. These trials were a series of military tribunals held in Nuremberg (Germany) by the Allied forces under international law. During these trials, prominent members of the Nazi Party leadership (top officials of the government, military, business, and medical fields) were tried and prosecuted for war crimes. Many of them who planned and carried out the Holocaust were sentenced to prison or death. 

Under Hitler’s regime, hundreds of German doctors conducted medical experiments on the Jewish population; these experiments were nothing short of atrocities. The Nuremberg Code was created to prevent future medical malpractice and the repetition of the right-out torture and genocide that took place. The Nuremberg Code has been ratified by the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki, further codified in the US Code of Federal Regulations, and adopted by the FDA.  

The following are some of the most important declarations from the Nuremberg Code that researchers and doctors are supposed to follow:

  • INFORMED CONSENT: This entails that people must receive sufficient information prior to being part of human experimentation. Participants in clinical trials should know the duration, purpose, method, all possible hazards expected, and effects on their health, which may come from their participation in the experiment.
  • RIGHT OF REFUSAL: Participation in an experiment or medical treatment must be voluntary and the right to refuse participation is essential. People taking part in experimentation must do so by exercising free will, without experiencing any force, fraud, deceit, duress, or coercion of any nature.
  • HARM/BENEFIT RATIO: The degree of risk taken during an experiment shouldn’t exceed that of the problem that it’s trying to solve. No experiment should be conducted, where there is a reason to believe that death or disabling injury will occur; except maybe when the experimental physicians /scientists are willing to serve as subjects. And when the possibility of injury, disability, or death exists, there should be proper preparations in place to protect participants.
  • PROPER EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Experiments should be designed and based on the results of prior experimentation such as in-vitro and animal studies. This helps to anticipate possible results for humans and prevent unnecessary harm to participants.

What Did We Learn?

Fauci’s AIDS experiments on children are similar to those involving Josef Mengele, the Nazi chief doctor of the Auschwitz death camps. These clinical trials were not only unethical but criminal and even sadistic. Despite the results of the investigations confirming that foster children were used unethically in AIDS experiments, that many clinical trials didn’t meet regulatory requirements, that many trials were run without the medical consent of the participants or their families, and that hundreds of children suffered horrible side-effects and over 200 children died, I couldn’t find any reports of real accountability.

Was anybody held responsible?

It seems that nobody lost their job, no entity was fined, and no one was criminally charged. Just because certain kids are wards of the state doesn’t give Fauci, the NIAID, researchers, pharmaceutical companies, or doctors the right to abuse them and use them for experimentation. These experiments, funded by taxpayers, demonstrate an utter abuse of power by medical institutions. Fauci continues to violate medical ethics. and having him as the head of the NIAID or serving in any public position is in itself a crime against humanity and a perversion of the medical field.

To a Fitter Healthier You,

Adriana Albritton

The Fitness Wellness Mentor

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