I’m still wavering on this issue, although I have moved more towards the mainstream view of late. Much of the evidence that I have seen (and can understand) seems to be nipping at the edges and not enough to overturn the current paradigm.
Still, the common equation of those who question the HIV Hyptothesis with Intelligent Designers really annoys me. It’s the intellectual equivalent of running to your mother instead of defending your pet hypothesis. Although I’ll hand it to them: it does put those who question the HIV hypothesis on the defensive.
But take a moment to consider: Evolution has been around in its current form for over 150 years. HIV? I still clearly remember when it was called HTLV just over 20 years ago. Evolution has survived countless debates, bannings, and challenges since it became public: Duesberg’s criticism is only the first challenge to the hypothesis. The evidence of evolution is all around us – from the spread of methicillin resistant staph aureus infections to the breeds of dogs being walked by their owners on city streets. HIV is silent, and the mechanisms behind it only understood by a small cadre of scientists. Evolution is perhaps the single greatest scientific achievement in the entire history of humanity, while HIV is just another disease that kills half the people stroke does – if the HIV hypothesis turns out to be true.