The AIDS Healing Alliance (AHA) was a pioneering self-help organization founded in 1986. The group's stated purpose was to
"dispel the myth that AIDS or ARC inevitably result in death." The organization had several key goals: establish a network
of long-term survivors, provide a forum where their knowledge of the successful use of alternative therapies could be shared,
catalog all available alternative therapies, and promote the concept that health management is a personal responsibility.
As one member, Steve Kuttner, put it, "We operated from the philosophy that disease is more than a physical crisis; it presents
some kind of personal lesson which offers an opportunity for inner healing as well as outer cure."
Through workshops, a phone line and the "First AIDS Pack," the organization attempted to collect and disseminate information
on treatments, clinics or practitioners who were having some success in retarding or curing the condition of AIDS. They also
developed an in-depth, long-term survivor's questionnaire (though this was never actually administered). The group was particularly
interested in the scientific literature on the etiology and epidemiology of the disease and on potential treatments and how
these treatments were tested and developed. Notably, the group refused to subscribe to the view that HIV was the proven cause
of AIDS, that AIDS had a single cause or that AIDS was the same disease in every person. The organization dissolved in 1989.
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