Do you believe that HIV causes AIDS?

RTB: No, it’s not our question – it belongs to the mainstream AIDS group, “The Center for AIDS prevention,” who say:

  • “There is evidence supporting the correlation between HIV and AIDS.”
  • “Although there may not be hard evidence that proves causation, HIV infection has been repeatedly linked to AIDS”
  • “It is important to recognize, however, that some immunosuppressed individuals may be more susceptible to AIDS-like illnesses

What’s with the caveats and fumbling language?

Have they seen this movie and have their panties in a bunch? Are they preparing for a sea-change? Or fending off the inevitable lawsuits if too many people begin to wonder at the problem out loud?

Do you believe that HIV causes AIDS?
17/09/2007 11:56:00 Center For AIDS Prevention

There is evidence supporting the correlation between HIV and AIDS. HIV is the virus that progressively destroys CD4+ T cells, which inhibits the body’s natural ability to ward off infections of many different types. Many medications that are available now slow the progression of HIV, enabling the body to continue to fight infections.

Although there may not be hard evidence that proves causation, HIV infection has been repeatedly linked to AIDS, and according to R.N., Mark Cichocki, who writes for about.com’s health section (which is monitored by a panel of qualified physicians, including oncologist and medical professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Dr. Vijayakrishna K. Gadi, M.D., Ph.D.), “since the early 1980s, HIV and AIDS have been repeatedly linked in time, place and population group; the appearance of HIV in the blood supply has preceded or coincided with the occurrence of AIDS cases in every country and region where AIDS has been noted.” (check out http://aids.about.com/cs/opposingviews/a/connection.htm for the full article).

It is important to recognize, however, that some immunosuppressed individuals (i.e., transplant patients, chemotherapy patients, etc.) may be more susceptible to AIDS-like illnesses (usually secondary infections that most healthy people need not be worried about). However, in my opinion , the data correlating HIV and AIDS is strong enough to suggest that HIV is the primary cause of AIDS

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