christine tested positive for HIV in 1992, but later began to question the commonly accepted notion that HIV directly causes AIDS. she started an organization called alive & well AIDS alternatives that promoted the idea (not held by the larger medical community) that there was no provable connection. after her diagnosis she continued to have unprotected sex with her husband, she had two children and would breastfeed them, still untreated. she encouraged other HIV-positive mothers to do the same. she came under scrutiny when her three year old daughter died from what looked like AIDS-related pneumonia, but maggiore insisted was a reaction to antibiotics. christine herself died from pneumonia in late 2008.