I’ll save you the trouble. 5676977 refers to the number of a United States Patent filed by one Marvin S Antelman of Rehovot, Israel, on May 31, 1996. The subject of the patent is “tetrasilver tetroxide”, or Ag4O4, a “diamagnetic semiconducting molecular crystal… utilized for destroying the AIDS virus, destroying AIDS synergistic pathogens and immunity suppressing moieties (ISM) in humans.”
A cure for AIDS? Certainly that would be the medical breakthrough of the century! Why is this such a secret (and here we’re using the word secret to mean a matter of public record that can be accessed by anybody with an Internet connection)? There are two possible explanations: the rational explanation and the one favored by paranoid conspiracy theorists. Given that this meme seems to be the work of the latter group, let’s start with that explanation.
Big Pharma and Big Government are at it again! Or so say the conspiracy theorists, predictably. This meme seems to imply that the cure for AIDS has been right under our noses for almost two decades, and yet this plague runs unchecked around the world, destroying families and ruining lives. Why, they cry out, why isn’t anybody manufacturing tetrasilver tetroxide by the ton and ending this dread disease? Because, they say, shadowy figures whose red glowing eyes peer out from beneath wide-brimmed hats are working day and night to prevent any AIDS cure from seeing the light of day! And why would they do that? Simple: pharmaceutical companies make billions of dollars on AIDS medications, and governments use AIDS as a means of population control. Put those two factors together, and humanity is certain to never see an end to the AIDS scourge.
It all works out so perfectly: the nefarious forces of darkness (not to be confused with the good-natured forces of darkness) are suppressing any and all drugs that could end the single most profitable and useful disease to ever befall man. They know Ag4O4 will stop HIV in its tracks, but to allow its production would vaporize their strangle-hold on the reins of power. Tetrasilver tetroxide must be hidden away forever!
Except…it isn’t hidden. As I said before, US Patent 5676977 is freely available on the Internet, on a website that is run by the United States government! If the government wants to hide tetrasilver tetroxide from the world, they’re doing a crummy job of it.
Let’s approach this question from a slightly more level-headed perspective, shall we? Is there any reason (other than greed and cruelty) that pharmaceutical companies are not manufacturing Ag4O4 en masse to combat AIDS? Only one comes to mind: because Ag4O4 is not an effective AIDS treatment or cure.
Mention that to a conspiracy theorist and they’ll regurgitate a string of anecdotal accounts about people who swallowed, inhaled, brushed against, or hashtagged Ag4O4 and were HIV-free within seconds. Ask them to produce peer-reviewed studies, however, and they are less forthcoming. To date, there are no clinical studies indicating that tetrasilver tetroxide is effective as an AIDS cure. It may have anti-microbial properties and would be a useful treatment for small wounds, but that’s a far cry from stopping a full-blown viral immune disorder.
And lest the conspiracy nuts claim that Big Pharma won’t allow clinical trials to proceed, I would like to remind them that Big Pharma (whatever that actually means) does not control every lab-testing group on the entire planet. If a compound as simple as Ag4O4 were an effective cure for AIDS, somebody would have uncovered evidence of that fact and made it public. Lack of evidence is not evidence in itself.
Based on my reading of HIV-positive forums, it seems that many people living with HIV/AIDS take a very dim view of people who promulgate quack cures like Ag4O4, and who can blame them? It is the height of cruelty to sell false hope. These people would be the first to sing the praises of a simple AIDS cure that actually worked. They aren’t singing anything kind about Ag4O4.
Edited: I originally said that Marvin Antelman was from Rehovot, Illinois. In fact, he is from Rehovot, Israel. Apparently Israel and Illinois use the same two-letter code. Now I know.