The assumption proposed by Gallo in 1984 that the cause of AIDS is infection with HIV was founded on the correlation between detection of antibodies to this virus and the onset of AIDS. This view became generally accepted, and today it is still the foundation stone of HIV-related measures for the prevention and treatment of AIDS. However, although unanimously rejected by AIDS researchers to date, Duesberg vehemently opposed this opinion, suggesting that AIDS is caused by drugs and malnutrition and that
HIV is only a passenger pathogen (Duesberg, 1988; 1994; Lindermann, 1994). Earlier, it was reported that zinc deficiency was becoming a reality in the UK and the problem might be worse in developing countries, yet zinc deficiency and AIDS symptoms were similar and that micro-nutrient zinc had anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer properties, for reasons that were only poorly understood then (Bryce-Smith, 1989).