Boy, this piece brought me back
. I thought that the argument had been settled, but apparently, a lot of people are still Duesbergites.
I don't want to rehash AIDS denialism, but I do want to make an unrelated point: The name of the disease is...well, it's really stupid
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Here's the definition
A group of symptoms that collectively indicate or characterize a disease, psychological disorder, or other abnormal condition.
So. This nomenclature would indicate that there's a disease called AID, of which AIDS is the syndrome.
See the problem?
At one time, diseases had real
names: Measles, smallpox, cancer. One-word names. No-nonsense names. Nowadays, we have an infantile love of both acronyms and the word "syndrome." Gotta get the word "syndrome" in there. It sounds so science-y.
(When you think about it, AIDS is a cruel acronym. It implies that someone is being aided.)