HIV/AIDS is debated in mainstream forums
Posted by Henry Bauer on 2012/03/06
“For over 25 years, the Greenhaven Press Opposing Viewpoints Series has developed and set the standard for current-issue studies. With more than 90 volumes covering nearly every controversial contemporary topic, Opposing Viewpoints is the leading source for libraries and classrooms in need of current-issue materials. Each title explores a specific issue by placing expert opinions in a unique pro/con format. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find sources and publications. By choosing from such diverse sources and including both popular and unpopular views, the Opposing Viewpoints editorial team has adhered to its commitment to editorial objectivity. Readers are exposed to many sides of a debate, which promotes issue awareness as well as critical thinking. In short, Opposing Viewpoints is the best research and learning tool for exploring the issues that continually shape and define our turbulent and changing world”.
Wouldn’t it be nice if this “leading source for libraries and classrooms in need of current-issue materials” recognized that there is legitimate debate about whether HIV causes AIDS?
Well, it IS nice, because several titles in the Opposing Viewpoints or other series from the same publisher (Gale—CENGAGE Learning) fill that bill, for example:
I became aware of this because I received a copy of this book in the mail.
I couldn’t understand why, there was no cover letter.
I looked inside. An epigraph:
“Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press”
— First Amendment to the US Constitution
The basic foundation of our democracy is the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of expression. The Opposing Viewpoints Series is dedicated to the concept of this basic freedom and the idea that it is more important to practice it than to enshrine it.
Couldn’t agree more.
Then came a Table of Contents.
The second selection in “Chapter 1: What Causes AIDS” caught my eye:
HIV Does Not Cause AIDS — Henry Bauer
It’s a reprint by permission of the publisher of my essay in EdgeScience 3, April-June 2010 (see “The case against HIV”).
I recognized a few other names among the other reprinted essays; and then I saw a second contribution credited to me: “AIDS Drug Treatments Do Not Prolong Lives”.
Finally I remembered: nearly a year ago I had given someone permission to reprint my blog post, “HAART saves lives—But doesn’t prolong them?”
It’s nice to know that AIDS Rethinking is being disseminated in classrooms and libraries through this “leading source for libraries and classrooms in need of current-issue materials”. It’s nice to infer that quite a lot of youngsters are being exposed to AIDS Rethinking through this and other volumes on AIDS from this educational publisher. Given the financial pressures on publishers nowadays, they would hardly put out a hardcover book like this (price $41.70) and simultaneously a paperback of the same book (at $28.90) and an e-book (price not shown) if experience had not shown that a satisfactorily profitable market exists. The publisher’s catalogue lists more than 20 other titles about various aspects of AIDS. A quick look in the WorldCat database revealed that Opposing Viewpoints books on AIDS published as early as 1992 are each held in between 900 and 1200 libraries. Very gratifying indeed.
I shed crocodile tears for John P Moore and the other vigilantes who try so desperately and unsuccessfully to keep AIDS Rethinking secret from the general public.