Outright Lies in the Documentary House of Numbers

By: Myles Power Edited by: Hannah

In 2009 Brent Leung released the AIDS denial movie, House of Numbers. Brent claims the movie was an 'objective examination of the idea that HIV causes AIDS' but in reality, nothing could be further from the truth. I have previously discussed how the movie missed out vital information when it featured a woman talking about the benefits of not taking anti-HIV medication, but failed to mention that both herself and her daughter died of AIDS before the film was even released. It also failed to mention that both deaths could have been prevented by the drugs. The film is also guilty of telling barefaced lies. In this article I am going to discuss an example of this and where the film changes from misleading to simply dangerous.

Above is a short one-minute clip of the movie, where we see Liam Scheff and Nancy Padian talking about a ten-year study on heterosexual transmission of HIV. You might be wondering who these people are; Liam Scheff, according to the documentary, is an investigative journalist, but a quick Google search reveals that Liam prefers the title of 'conspiracy realist'. The reason why Liam gives himself this title and not the title of 'conspiracy theorist' is that he believes the term 'conspiracy theorist' to be a conspiracy theory by the government to cast a shadow on people like him... ಠ_ಠ. I don't think I could adequately explain just how bat shit crazy Liam is and I therefore suggest you check out his website and YouTube channel to see it for yourself. There you will find the ramblings of a mad man.

Liam Scheff House of Numbers

Liam admits to being a truther, a creationist and an AIDS denialist. He also believes that the Boston marathon bombing was a ‘false flag operation’, that Facebook is run by the FBI (yet he owns a Facebook page which he frequently posts on), and that JFK was assassinated for standing up to the CIA. He is also an anti-vaxxer and has taken it upon himself to produce a comic book about the ‘dangers’ of vaccinations. The comic book is called ‘The Geneticals’ and stars the world’s first team of vaccine-damaged superheroes, who banded together to ‘fight bad science’ and ‘search for a cure for their toxic state’. You would think that after writing his own superhero comic book that he would be a fan of the whole genre, but noooope! One of the more interesting claims made by Liam on his website is that Joss Whedon’s ‘The Avengers’ is some kind of mind control. It is totally baffling to me why Brent would want someone in his documentary who subscribes to every conspiracy theory going, especially when he is trying to produce a movie that is an ‘objective examination of the idea that HIV causes AIDS’. Because one thing we can all agree on is how objective conspiracy theorists are!

Nancy Padian is a medical researcher at the University of California, San Francisco and the lead author of the paper ‘Heterosexual Transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Northern California: Results from a Ten-year Study’, which is being discussed in the film and was one of the first large-scale studies of heterosexual transmission of HIV.

Nancy Padian House of Numbers

Nancy begins to talk about her study and says, ‘I did a study of the heterosexual transmission of HIV in California and we recruited individuals who were infected with HIV. Then we recruited their sexual partners and we look at whether transmission has occurred.’ As she is saying this, we are shown a picture of the front page of her published research. We then cut to Liam, who tells us that no one in this ten year study contracted HIV from their partners. ‘How many of them of them do you think, after ten years with the world’s most terrifying virulent disease came up positive? Nobody. Nobody. Nobody who was negative came up positive. Zero.’ You might be wondering why Liam is the one discussing the findings and not the scientist who conducted the study. This is because Brent wants to fool the viewer into thinking that no one in the study contracted HIV from their partner and Liam was probably the only one interviewed who was stupid enough to lie about the research. He is not misinterpreting the data, he is flat out lying and therefore so is Brent. Nancy’s study shows that HIV can be transmitted through heterosexual sex and notes that male-to-female transmission is approximately eight times more efficient than female-to-male transmission. Even in the low resolution copy of the film I found I could clearly see on the front page of Nancy’s paper that it says, ‘Overall, 68 (19%) of the 360 female partners of HIV-infected men (95% confidence interval (Cl) 15.0-23.3%) and two (2.4%) of the 82 male partners of HIV-infected women (95% Cl 0.3-8.5%) were infected.’

I find it hard to understand why Brent thought that it was acceptable to have a man lying about a piece of research on the transmission of HIV (a deadly virus!) in his documentary. I also don’t understand why he missed the opportunity to ask one of the many scientists who have dedicated their lives to HIV/AIDS who feature in his documentary about the paper’s findings. FFS, the documentary featured the woman who actually wrote the paper! Do you think she believes that no one in this study contracted HIV from their partners? The level of deception is truly unbelievable.


We then cut to Nancy, who begins to talk about the difficulty of being infected by HIV through sexual contact. She correctly says that HIV is more difficult to transmit than most other sexually transmitted diseases. For example, the probability of contracting an STI through vaginal sex for a woman per sexual encounter is 30-50% for Chlamydia, 47% for Gonorrhea, 50-70% for Hepatitis B and only 0.1% for HIV. The problem I have here is the deceitful editing, which makes it look as if Nancy is backing up Liam’s claims that no one in her study contracted HIV from their partners.

The film also shows a picture of a sign that reads, ‘Prevent AIDS use a condom for safe sex’ at the same time as incorrectly stating that HIV can’t be transmitted by heterosexual intercourse. By doing this, the documentary heavily implies that condoms are pointless because if you can’t get HIV through heterosexual sex, then what’s the point in using one? I realise that when something is implied it is often open to interpretation, but everyone I have shown this documentary to have all said the film is implying that condoms are pointless, when I asked them about this specific segment of the film. I can’t stress enough the dangers of having unprotected sex if your partner is HIV positive. HIV is a very dangerous, very real virus that is responsible for the death and suffering of millions of people. HIV CAN! be transmitted though heterosexual intercourse to both sexes and the main way of reducing the risk of transmission to your partner is to wear a condom. Reckless infection of a person with HIV is considered to be a crime here in the UK. If you are found guilty you will spend time in jail and most likely have your name disgraced in the papers.

Condom House of Numbers

In this short clip – less than one minute long – Brent has shown us how deceitful he is willing to be. There is no doubt in my mind that Brent knows the results of the study, especially after interviewing the author Nancy Padian and having the front page of her research in his documentary. By featuring someone in his film who is lying about the findings of the study, Brent is lying himself, to the people watching his documentary. By implying that condoms are useless, Brent has solidified his position in my mind as one of the most disgusting human beings that have ever lived.

About Myles Power (749 Articles)
My name is Myles Power, and I run the educational YouTube channel, powerm1985. I spend what little free time I have sharing my love of SCIENCE! through home experiments, visiting sites of scientific interest, and angrily ranting at pseudoscience proponents. I am also one of the founding members of the podcast 'The League of Nerds' - which I co-host with James from 'The History of Infection'.

22 Comments on Outright Lies in the Documentary House of Numbers

  1. CloudOfBefuddlement // May 23, 2013 at 7:43 am // Reply

    Great article, but I don’t think a link to http://www.leanonlife.com/the-one-vegetable-you-should-not-be-eating/ in the adverts quite fits with your image :P


  2. In my personal opinion due to the fact that this “film” gives out fraudulent and dangerous medical advice, it should be removed from Youtube and other video sharing sites, and should be banned from distribution outright!


    • No, it actually saves lives. Stop looking at numbers and stop taking the drugs. We need to stop people from promoting this scam and stop the senseless poisoning and murder, of millions! Stop the HIV lie, now!


    • i stopped medications now for 4 years and am perfectly fine. 17 years i took those poisiness drugs which caused all kind of havoc on mybody. today i am healthy and happy and to anyone one those meds stop asap. eat well love yourself and stay healthy. is the key. dont go to these hiv doctors they lie and try to scare u into takling these horrible drugs.. to rest of u “neg” people try taking these drugs for 10 or more years, and when ur wasting away and poisining your body and die from heart attacks and liver failure let me know how that goes


  3. Anonymous // May 23, 2013 at 4:37 pm // Reply



  4. Anonymous // May 23, 2013 at 4:38 pm // Reply

    You’re a stupid little prick who can’t cope with reality.


  5. “The comic book is called ‘The Geneticals’ and stars the world’s first team of vaccine-damaged superheroes”

    More vaccine-damaged superheroes to come, both the Incredible Hulk.side effect and the Wonder Woman side effect have been repported to the VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System) database.


  6. The “Padian Gambit” is an old favorite argument of the HIV/AIDS denialists, but it’s actually a bit more complicated than them simply lying about Padian’s findings.

    A free full-text copy of the paper is here:

    Click to access 350.full.pdf

    The transmissions on which Padian bases her estimates of per-contact heterosexual transmission rates and attempts to delineate the factors that promote transmission occurred before her subjects entered her study. Discussion of these results comprises the bulk of the paper, which summarises ten years of her work.

    What Liam is talking about is a prospective arm to her study, which is discussed in a single paragraph on page 354. In this arm, HIV positive people with HIV negative heterosexual partners were followed over time. However, the purpose of this arm of the study was not to try to determine how frequently transmissions occur (as the denialists claim) – in fact it was the opposite: Padian’s serodiscordant couples were heavily counselled on safer sex, and she even provided a 24-hour advice line. Like any ethical investigator in this situation, she went out of her way to ensure that transmissions did NOT occur.

    175 such couples were followed for a total of 282 couple-years, which works out to an average of 1.6 years per couple. Most couples used condoms most of the time, and some were entirely abstinent. The longest any one couple was followed was six years, and the majority were only followed up for 6 or 12 months.

    No transmissions were observed in this group, but this is not surprising given what we know about transmission rates between stable discordant couples – transmission is most likely very early or very late in the course of infection. Likewise, although we know that some couples had some unprotected sex, there is no attempt to quantify the number of such episodes – or, for that matter, precisely what constitutes a condomless sex act. The denialists simply assume that there were many thousands of acts of unprotected vaginal and anal sex in the study group, but it is more likely there were much fewer than that.

    The “Padian Gambit” has been thoroughly demolished many times since it was first launched in 2006. See for example here:


    This doesn’t stop the denialists trotting it out again when they think they have a new audience.


  7. Anonymous // May 26, 2013 at 8:32 am // Reply

    You should all watch this film before you try and debunk it.


  8. “HIV this,” “HIV that,” hogwash this, hogwash that. As one who tested “poz” in 1998, fifteen years ago, I know that the basic theory of HIV (“HIV is the virus that causes AIDS”) is flat out wrong. Enough said.

    That said, I’ve watched as friends and acquaintances became victims of the many lies surrounding this issue since its beginning. My best friend died after being put on AZT in the late 1980s, long before I became aware that the “basic theory” is just that, a theory, and a wrong one at that. What that drug did to him made him look like the inmates in Germany’s concentration camps. “That wasn’t the AZT but the disease,” most would say. If it was a “disease,” it was not something caused by the presence of HIV but from some cause that was never found because the search stopped at Gallo’s stolen “discovery” which became the “cause” before his papers (which show only 36% of his “AIDS patients” to test positive for his fabulous “retro-virus”).

    That “HIV” became the target of such scrutiny instead of AIDS or immune deficiency is a sleight-of-hand trick that has resulted in mis-diagnosis and mis-treatment, maiming and death. An even bigger tragedy is that “alternative” investigations and reliable information that counters the propaganda of the HIV/AIDS business (which it is, nothing medical or scientific about it, business only) such as “House of Numbers” are too little-known and belittled by little minds that fear facing their own gullibility.

    I sometimes feel I’ve twice dodged the very real and very lethal bullet that is “HIV/AIDS” — first by avoiding the test throughout the 80s when the misinformation campaign began along with the shrill chant, “Get tested!” The second time was after seventy months of taking ARVs (DNA-terminating HIV “therapy”) when I was first and finally exposed to “House of Numbers” and many other reliable sources of information to counter the wall of “authority” espoused by the military-based CDC.

    It was not a realization or belief that I accepted easily or instantly. I spent agonizing weeks and months researching this, on the internet and elsewhere, reading difficult texts and delving further into virology than I’d previously thought myself capable of (despite being a voracious and eclectic reader as well as a Mensa member). It is a terrible truth that I found, not a “denial” and not uninformed wishful thinking. The wishful thinking came long before when Gallo and others wanted there to be a sexually-transmitted killer of those abominable queers and their filthy sex habits. Their wish became true, but only in their imaginings which they have peddled on the entire world and created a death machine, a profit machine and a real case of self-fulfilled prophecy. But that doesn’t make it real.

    Of several factors that made me realize the dissenters were on the side of science and truth is their willingness to discuss, learn and share. It’s the AIDS mainstream that refuses debate, refuses a re-examination of immune deficiency and an obviously incorrect “theory”. How can it be correct and me alive? Impossible. In 15 years of being “poz” I have never had a single AIDS-related condition nor illness! I know many others who have a similar experience.

    How convenient it would be for the “denialists” to be wrong — that would mean that my friends, including my best friend from high school days, the one who died in 1991 a hollow shell of his real self, were actually taken by something beyond their control. Instead I know like I know the earth is not flat that they were killed by toxic poisons, by a mistake in “science” and “logic” (36% proves causality? Really?).

    Yes, the truth is even uglier than the myth, a killer-sex virus, but an objective study should lead any intelligent mind to that very obvious conclusion, terrible as it may seem. I’ve faced that ugly truth and managed to escape being its next intended victim. Those who cannot study this with objectivity are those who have an adolescent approach to their own beliefs (“I chose this team and I’m sticking with it, will fight for it right or wrong.”). Sad.


  9. The person who wrote this “article” has as much credibility as a flying cow… Absolutely funny….


  10. Interestingly a third grader could butcher Myles & Hanna up into a cajillion pieces JUST on “AIDS SPEAK” alone..roflmao! hehehehe…the article says..

    “contracted HIV….from their partners. ‘How many of them of them do you think, after ten years with the world’s most terrifying virulent disease came up positive? Nobody. Nobody. Nobody who was negative came up positive. Zero.’ You might be wondering why Liam is the one discussing the findings and not the scientist who conducted the study. This is because Brent wants to fool the viewer into thinking that no one in the study…. contracted AIDS from their partner…. and Liam was probably the only one interviewed who was stupid enough to lie about the research”.

    so which is it? “contracted HIV”? or “contracted AIDS”? well does it matter? YOU BETCHA! Language is EXTREMELY important in the era of “HIV” since about 200 thousand ditzy low budget journalists and high end reporters write about Robert Gallos’ phony HIV theories of AIDS…is Santa coming to town? but of course! it’s the lingo..it’s the common slang to speak shite that makes no sense to anyone! ha! #contracted..

    Is HIV and AIDS the same thing ? uhm no the ditzy Myles Power and & Hanna would say perhaps under a ten shell, game of guessing whats under the shell..no they are not the same but you can contract HIV and AIDS is the only fictitious acronym…oops I meant “syndrome” oops! or is it an “Immune Deficiency” ?.. wow! this is complicated crapola! where is Mr Monkey?

    “AIDS” is the only said syndrome that is transmitted between humans without a virus!

    according to the media and ditzy bloggers like Myles Power & Hanna who cannot even write anything true to the topics they write about themselves, they should be embarrassed and hold their heads in shame for the rest of eternity…we know it’s “AIDS Related Stupidity” that brought them here…


    • My goodness aren’t you the mature one. Instead of using childish words to discredit someone why don’t you lay out your proof? Cause I need real proof not some childish nonsense and bullying. Please all of you denialists show me your proof not soft proof either, I need the hard evidence that Myles Power, Physicians and other scientists are wrong.

      I will never understand how people can have their heads shoved so far up their asses that they actually enjoy the smell of their own shit. I seriously hope that whomever is suffering from HIV and AIDS do not follow your words and seek real medical help, because what you and others are promoting is extremely dangerous. I also hope none of you contract HIV or AIDS either, as I don’t wish harm on people.


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