Fact Check: NO Evidence Nobel Laureate Luc Montagnier Said People Vaccinated, Boosted For COVID Should Test For AIDS, Then Sue Government

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  • by: Ed Payne
Fact Check: NO Evidence Nobel Laureate Luc Montagnier Said People Vaccinated, Boosted For COVID Should Test For AIDS, Then Sue Government Didn't Say It

Did Nobel Laureate Luc Montagnier say people fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19 should be tested for AIDS and then sue their government? No, that's not true: The prominent French virologist, who died on February 8, 2022, did say some controversial things in recent years, but he did not say this. In addition, a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine professor said there's "no scientific basis" for the statement.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) on February 10, 2022, under the title "He died yesterday 🀨 PLEASE read the articles in 'COMMENTS' πŸ‘‰πŸΎπŸ‘‰πŸΎ Nobel-Prize-winning virologist Dr. Luc Montagnier understood exactly what is happening. He knew that this was worldwide bioterrorism (Re - C19) πŸ‘ˆπŸΎπŸ‘ˆπŸΎ." It opened:

WARNING FROM NOBEL PRIZE WINNING VIROLOGIST DISCOVERER OF HIV VIRUS

'If you have taken the third dose, go and take a test for AIDS.'

'Then sue your government!'

Prof. Luc Montagnier

Nobel Prize Winning Virologist

This is what the post looked like on Facebook on February 11, 2022:

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(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Feb 11 15:14:02 2022 UTC)

A Google image search shows the same graphic with Montagnier circulating on social media, primarily on Twitter. In the upper left-hand corner of that image is what looks like a translated tweet. It says:

The Montaine. 'For those of you who have taken the third dose, go and take a test for aids. The result may surprise you. Then sue your government.'..

Lead Stories can find no evidence of an original, untranslated tweet that matches the English version, but we did find it elsewhere. It appeared on two different meme-generating websites -- America's best pics & videos and iFunny. All the memes include the same image of Montagnier. Here's one of them as it appeared on iFunny on February 11, 2022:

Third Luc.png

(Source: iFunny screenshot taken on Fri Feb 11 19:29:51 2022 UTC)

If the tweet included at the top of the meme is legitimate, there's no way to know for sure who it's from, because the account information has been cropped out.

Doesn't work that way

In a February 11, 2022, email to Lead Stories, Stuart C. Ray, M.D., professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said 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.

Magnet for controversy

Even before his death, Montagnier was linked to other false claims by COVID skeptics and anti-vaccine activists. Montagnier was an outspoken opponent of coronavirus vaccines. He said he feared they could cause antibody dependent enhancement (ADE) and would result in new variants of the virus. In May 2021, Lead Stories debunked social media reports that he said all vaccinated people will die within two years. One Facebook post (archived here) was published on May 22, 2021. This is how it looked on February 11, 2022:

More Luc.png

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Feb 11 17:57:58 2022 UTC)

Lead Stories has previously debunked stories with claims that COVID or COVID vaccines can cause AIDS (here, here and here).

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  Ed Payne

Ed Payne is a staff writer at Lead Stories. He is an Emmy Award-winning journalist as part of CNN’s coverage of 9/11. Ed worked at CNN for nearly 24 years with the CNN Radio Network and CNN Digital. Most recently, he was a Digital Senior Producer for Gray Television’s Digital Content Center, the company’s digital news hub for 100+ TV stations. Ed also worked as a writer and editor for WebMD. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, Ed is the author of two children’s book series: “The Daily Rounds of a Hound” and “Vail’s Tales.” 

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