"Perhaps another lesson is that questioning the existence of HIV, even though technically valid, is too much to swallow for the uninitiated, causing the casual observer to throw up his arms and laugh. The virologist expert spent more than two hours explaining the technical details of how he was able to detect the genetic sequences he said were from ‘HIV.’
What dissidents should be disputing is not the existence of the amino acid chains which are labelled HIV, or the reactions these chains cause in seropositivity tests, but what they actually are. All dissidents agree that these chains are not poisonous. Therefore, a more credible message dissidents could be promoting is ‘HIV is innocent!’ ‘HIV has been framed!’ ‘Free HIV!"
I am one who asserts that hiv and even aids do not exist outside of our ideas about them. It is true my opinion is not one that even sounds rational at first, it is as Martin suggests, "too much to swallow for the uninitiated...." Martin suggests that instead we should not dispute the "existence of the amino acid chains which are labelled HIV" and instead suggest that hiv is really the victim of slander, or at least defamation. "‘HIV is innocent!’ ‘HIV has been framed!’ ‘Free HIV!"
This is something I will ponder. On the one side, I see how this is vastly more accessible to the general public. It also allows anyone who has been labeled hiv positive to compare stories and realize that the vast differences of symptoms and progressions might not actually be hiv's fault, but completely different conditions. They do not ever have to ask themselves if hiv exists, what does an hiv test really test for, etc.
On the other hand, I am instinctively opposed to perpetuating misconception based on what amounts to be an homophobic label. Hiv means dead faggots and brown people, that's another accessible idea for the "unitiated." And that idea, sick as it is, is very palatable to many. Keeping Hiv, in any form, is very important to the West's moral status quo because it is provides a vast moat between the normal and good people and then the immoral people.