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Christine Maggiore
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    (July 25, 1956-December 27, 2008)
    Born in Chicago, Illinois
    Founded the import/export clothing company Alessi International (1986)
    Tested positive for HIV (1992)
    Became an AIDS denialist, claiming that HIV is not the cause of AIDS
    Founded Alive & Well AIDS Alternatives (1995), which encourages HIV-positive women to avoid anti-AIDS medication
    Wrote 'What If Everything You Thought You Knew About AIDS Was Wrong?'
    She claimed the HIV-AIDS connection was a myth promoted by greedy drug companies.
    When pregnant with her daughter Eliza, she refused to take drugs that would reduce the risk of transmitting HIV in utero.
    She breast fed Eliza despite evidence that it can transmit HIV from mother to child.
    Eliza died at age three of an AIDS-related pneumonia infection.
    She hired a veterinarian to challenge the autopsy results. (Apparently, she couldn't find a sufficiently incompetent people doc.)
    She was also an anti-vaxer who refused to immunize her children.
    She influenced South Africa Prime Minister Thabo Mbeki's decision to stop government funding of anti-retroviral drugs for HIV-positive pregnant women, a policy that produced an estimated 300,000 new AIDS cases.
    Her refusal to patronize those greedy drug companies led to her own death from AIDS-related pneumonia.
    Her oldest son, Charlie, lucked out and is HIV-negative, despite Christine taking the same chances with him as she would with Eliza.
    Los Angeles Child Protective Services ultimately decided not to file child endangerment charges against her over Eliza's death.
    She convinced the Foo Fighters to promote her organization at concerts.

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