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  1. Here at, we accept the scientific community's conclusion that HIV is a virus and that it can cause all sorts of damage to the human body, including the constellation of conditions known as AIDS. If you do not believe that HIV causes AIDS and would like to debate this point, kindly do so elsewhere. (The same goes for the fact that FDA-approved HIV medications, on the whole, have saved the lives of millions of people and transformed HIV/AIDS from an almost-inevitably fatal disease into something approaching a chronic condition. If you feel that antiretrovirals do more damage than HIV itself, you'll need to find another place on the Web to express that view.)
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  5. If you are looking for services, please check out our U.S. AIDS Service Organization (ASO) Finder and our listing of other HIV/AIDS organizations and hotlines in the U.S., as well as our worldwide listing of HIV/AIDS organizations and hotlines.
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