Statement by Joseph Sonnabend, M.D.
Some individuals who believe that HIV plays no role at all in AIDS have
implied that I support their misguided views on AIDS causation by
including inappropriate references to me in their literature and on
their web sites. Before HIV was discovered and its association with
AIDS established, I held the entirely appropriate view that the cause of
AIDS was then unknown. I have successfully treated hundreds of AIDS
patients with antiretroviral medications, and have no doubt that HIV
plays a necessary role in this disease, a view that I have expressed
publicly on several occasions. It is my view that the relationship of
HIV to AIDS is of the same nature as that of almost all viruses to the
diseases with which they are associated. It is thus similar to the
relationship of the Hepatitis A, B and C viruses to clinical hepatitis,
or poliovirus to poliomyelitis or the influenza viruses to influenza.
In the same way HIV disease, including AIDS, is related to HIV as
necessary for disease causation.
– Joseph Sonnabend, M.D.
And see this interview with Joseph Sonnabend, "Treating HIV is Rarely an Emergency."