B&SOC Response 5 - John Xu 9/14/07 Response 5 The AIDS...

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John Xu 9/14/07 Response 5 The AIDS causation theories in the U.S. and those in Africa are somewhat similar. Both places have an environment vs. virus type argument, although possibly for different purposes. President Mbeki’s refusal to acknowledge AIDS being caused by a virus could be due to feeling overwhelmed that a disease could wipe out so much of a population. His view is similar to that of Duesberg, who also believed that AIDS was not a result of HIV, but rather is due to the use of drugs and a consequence of an “immune overload”. These views however, are different in that Duesberg is most likely trying to argue his point because he wishes to maintain his reputation as a scientist, and he has invested so much into his theory that he cannot back out at this point. Mbeki on the other hand, does not hold on to his view of socioeconomic factors as a cause for AIDS with the same tenacity as Duesberg, but rather, he is simply trying to rationalize what is almost impossible to believe. As the articles says, “it is difficult for anybody— even a state
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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 University (Engineering School).

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B&SOC Response 5 - John Xu 9/14/07 Response 5 The AIDS...

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