AIDS And Its History

Professor Luc Montagnier, who discovered the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in 1983, and Professor Peter Duesberg, who first mapped the genetic structure of such viruses, are to challenge the orthodox view that HIV is the exclusive cause of AIDS at an "alternative" AIDS conference in Amsterdam next month. Montagnier said last week at the Institute Pasteur in Paris, where he heads AIDS research, that infection with HIV did not necessarily lead to AIDS, and that in rare cases AIDS could develop in people who were not infected with HIV. He revealed that several promising lines of research and treatment were being explored, based on a new concept of AIDS. This sees the disease as a process ...

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is present in many AIDS patients because most of them have risk factors in their lives such as drug abuse, sexual behavior or other shocks to the system that expose them to many microbes.
AIDS is therefore not infectious, Duesberg argues. He thinks the epidemic is the result of an explosion in the use of "recreational" drugs such as cocaine, which badly damage the immune system. He also claims the epidemic is being fuelled by use of the anti-AIDS drug AZT. It is so toxic, he says, that it brings on AIDS-like symptoms in HIV-positive people. Duesberg, once hailed as one of the most brilliant scientists of his generation has been trying to issue warnings for several years, but his ideas are seen by most mainstream AIDS workers as out of touch with the reality of the disease.
Recently, however, a growing number of experts, having seen Duesberg's predict Aid would not "explode" into the general population come true, have become uneasy at the emphasis on anti-viral approaches to ...

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immune system (particularly T cells, or more specifically CD4+ cells), the role of which is to help clear disease-causing substances from the body.
AIDS is the name given to a late stage of HIV infection in which there is evidence of significant impairment to the immune system. Because the illness is best understood as a continuum from initial infection to, in many cases, death, the term HIV/AIDS is frequently used.
There are two versions of HIV, both of which can cause AIDS: HIV-1, which has spread throughout the world, and HIV-2, a far less common and somewhat less harmful version largely restricted to West Africa. In the absence of further clarification, the generic term "HIV" ...

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