Did Nobel Laureate Luc Montagnier say people fully vaccinated for COVID-19 should be tested for AIDS?

Tuesday, February 15, 2022
By Ed Payne
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The prominent French virologist, who died on Feb. 8, 2022, has said some controversial things in recent years, but he did not say this.

A social media post shows a picture of Montagnier — a co-discoverer of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS — with what looks like a translated tweet saying, "If you have taken the third dose, go and take a test for AIDS."

Lead Stories found no evidence of an original, untranslated tweet that matches the English version, but did find it on two different meme-generating websites.

Meanwhile, Dr. Stuart C. Ray, professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, told Lead Stories people vaccinated for COVID are at no risk of getting AIDS from the shot or booster:

"There is no scientific basis for even speculating that the authorized and approved vaccines to prevent COVID-19 could cause AIDS."

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