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Duesberg hypothesis

The Duesberg hypothesis states that AIDS is not caused by the HIV virus. Sometimes it is even questioned whether HIV exists. AIDS is taken to be a name for a group of unrelated diseases caused by drug abuse or malnutrition.

The most prominent defenders of this theory are virologist Peter Duesberg and Nobel Prize winner Kary Mullis.

The current consensus in the scientific community is that the hypothesis has been refuted by the huge mass of available evidence, showing that Koch's postulates have been fulfilled by HIV, that virus numbers in the blood correlate with disease progression and that a plausible mechanism for HIV's action has been proposed.

There is an ongoing scientific debate between conventional and alternative AIDS researchers.

See also: AIDS Misconceptions and Conspiracies

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