Levy now studies HIV's ability to be transmitted and to induce disease. 16 September 2004
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Tony Floyd,
Medical Student
Newcastle University

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Re: Levy now studies HIV's ability to be transmitted and to induce disease.

In a 'Perth Group' Response from 14th September 2004 they stated that:

> Whatever the cause(s) of the decreased T4 cell count in AIDS patients, it cannot be "HIV".

And then they quote Levy from 1983 to purportedly support this point. Of course Levy said no such thing, although he was proposing multiple causes of immunosuppression in the different groups that were developing AIDS.

According to his home page(1) he has spent the last few decades focussed on the:

"biologic, immunologic, and molecular studies of the AIDS virus, emphasizing viral and immunologic features of HIV pathogenesis and long-term survival."

He is the Editor in Chief of the AIDS Journal and has written a book called 'HIV and the Pathogenesis of AIDS'.

I don't think that any early mechanisms proposed provide ammunition for recent alternative arguments, particularly when the author cited has very much moved on and published a plethora of work since. Or perhaps such tenuous referencing is of use in highlighting that others have failed to move on?

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References:

(1) http://www.ucsf.edu/levylab/pages/drlevy.html

Competing interests: None declared