Terrified that an open and honest scientific debate might crumble the foundations of his fame, the "discoverer" of HIV, Robert Gallo, has lent his name to a "rebuttal" of an investigative article by journalist Celia Farber, published in the March 2006 edition of Harper's Magazine.
On March 13, The New York Times reported on the rapidly gathering public debate.
In April, Roberto Giraldo and Etienne de Harven, members of The Group for the Scientific Reappraisal of the HIV/AIDS Hypothesis, published a reply to the "rebuttal", HIV tests cannot diagnose HIV infection.
South African journalist Anita Allen characterized the Gallo "rebuttal" as unreadable and unpublishable.
A letter from India notes the extraordinary censorship that stifles any open discussion of the harmful effects of antiretroviral drugs and characterizes the Harper's article as a "turning point in the history of AIDS journalism."
Also taking note of the growing controversy, The New York Observer quoted one of Farber's more trenchant observations concerning AIDS "journalism": Everybody who was wrong got journalism awards. Everybody who was right got all but driven from the profession.
In a letter, Frank Kelly, President of the The Catholic Association of Scientists and Engineers, has stated that Farber's article "...will give the public the chance to judge between the latest positions of the two scientific groups that have been going after one another hammer and tongs for years. I hope that a Congressional Committee or the Pontifical Academy of Sciences or some other eminent disinterested body will look into the whole thing."
Just days after the appearance of the Harper's article, mathematician Rebecca V. Culshaw presented the HIV/AIDS Orthodoxy with another challenge. In an article entitled Why I Quit HIV, she details her disillusionment with the statistical modeling techniques which serve to buttress the orthodox theories of HIV/AIDS.
Bloggers have not failed to note the storm of controversy. Truthseeker offers a series of articles, at New AIDS Review. A student, Daniel Black, notes with fascination the "staunch opposition" which Farber's article has so quickly engendered. The Evolutionary Middleman highly recommends Farber's article to his readers. He equally highly recommends Rebecca Culshaw's article.
An abridged version of Farber's article is available at "mindfully", and Harper's Magazine has posted the full text. A brief biography of Celia Farber is available at the AIDS Wiki. For a lengthy documentation of why Robert Gallo might fear a public airing of his record, see Science Fictions.