B&SOC Response 4

B&SOC Response 4 - John Xu 9/11/07 Response 4 During the...

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John Xu 9/11/07 Response 4 During the early years of the AIDS epidemic, two important theories of the causation of AIDS were present. The first theory, proposed by Robert Gallo, claimed that the HIV was directly responsible for causing AIDS. The other theory comes from Peter Duesberg, which questioned Gallo’s HIV hypothesis, claiming instead that AIDS is a result of recreational drug use. While there were other theories, these two were the most recognized. Both scientists were important figures in the scientific community, as they belonged to many prestigious groups and had their work cited in numerous publications. Due to the fact that the incidence of AIDS was particularly high within the gay community, most of the social implications of both theories were associated with this group. Gallo’s claim that AIDS is a result of a virus and not a disease caused by a homosexual lifestyle was widely accepted by the gay community. By attributing the cause of AIDS to a virus, no group would be blamed for the disease. Thus, no one would face discrimination or shame. As
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course S&TS 3011 taught by Professor Crane,j during the Fall '07 term at Cornell.

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B&SOC Response 4 - John Xu 9/11/07 Response 4 During the...

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