AIDS: The HIV Myth

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AIDS: The HIV Myth (ISBN 0312028598) is a 1989 book by Jad Adams.

The book was partially inspired by the persistent questioning of Michael Verney-Elliott, while Adams was a producer at Meditel. The book contains a foreword by Peter Duesberg and focuses on most of the issues raised in Duesberg's 1987 Cancer Research paper – the low levels of HIV in the blood of end-stage AIDS patients, the long latency period of HIV infection, non-correlations between HIV and AIDS, the fact that retroviruses do not kill cells, and the lack of an animal model (Duesberg 1987).

Adams remains cautious in the book regarding speculation as to the cause. He states the cause could be "virtually anything [present in the blood]", although at the time of publication, he felt an infectious agent was involved and that AIDS was a behavioural disease (New Scientist 1989). Adams proposes that AIDS could often be a masked form of syphilis.

Shortly after its release, the book was described as "evil" by Charles Farthing, one of Britain's leading AIDS doctors (Campbell 1989). In contrast, the Lancet admired "an excellent job of summarising doubts about HIV/AIDS" (Lancet 1989) and Professor Beverly Griffin of the Royal Postgraduate Medical School supported the book in Nature as "meticulously researched" (Griffin 1989).


  1. Beginnings
  2. Patients
  3. Virus Hunters
  4. HIV Challenged
  5. Five H's
  6. Syphilis
  7. Origins
  8. Africa
  9. Finance
  10. Endgame
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Index


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  • "Part of the reason why a newly discovered virus like HIV could be misidentified as the cause of a complex syndrome like AIDS is that all the fields of research involved in the AIDS story are themselves complex, and no individual scientist has an adequate command of all of them, each having to rely on the insights and choices made by specialists in other fields in order to corroborate from other disciplines the insights of one particular speciality. Thus the epidemiologist, who studies epidemics, is obliged to believe in the choices made by the virologist, who studies viruses, and vice versa; neither will have sufficient command of the other's discipline to be capable of judgement, particularly when the other discipline is straining past the point of knowledge and into speculation, as has so often been the case in the AIDS story." — "Beginnings"
  • "To believe that science is in some peculiar way 'rational' or above the petty concerns which bedevil the human race is as absurd as believing that journalists are purveyors of the truth or lawyers vendors of justice. Of course, there is some validity in these statements: some truth is forthcoming and some justice available from journalistic and legal enterprises. But this is hardly the whole story. A young person does not have to be very advanced into adolescence before realising that there are other factors acting on professionals besides the abstract notions of truth or justice of which the average lawyer or journalist might not think from one week to the next. Remuneration, position in a hierarchy, the pressure to get results, obeisance to traditional values, skill and personal beliefs are all factors in professional life and scientists have no immunity." — "Endgame"



  1. Campbell, Duncan. "Review of AIDS: The HIV Myth", New Scientist, 6 May 1989.
  2. Duesberg, Peter H., 1987. "[as Carcinogens and Pathogens: Expectations and Reality]" PubMed", Cancer Research, 1 March 1987, 47:1199-1220.
  3. Griffin, 1989. "Review of AIDS: The HIV Myth", Nature, 20 April 1989.
  4. Lancet, 1989. "Notes and News: AIDS and HIV: A Myth?", 6 May 1989.
  5. New Scientist, 1989. "Scientists denounce 'myths' in AIDS book", 29 April 1989.