This thread is asking for published scienific documentation that HIV causes AIDS. Well you could start by checking out the relationship between HIV, CD4 counts and AIDS. CD4 starts dropping within about 6 weeks of primary HIV infection, the mechanism for this is well known. When CD4 hits the 200 mark your entering AIDS city. There are many articles that demonstrate this relationship all you have to do is go find them. What were you expecting? I guess you were looking for an article entitiled "Proof that HIV causes AIDS!" If so your gonna be disappointed. Science just isn't that easy. Have fun! Dee Cee Oh just found this if your interested... Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! Although reliable clinical data are available for only the past 12 years, it is predicted that approximately 95% of HIV-1-infected patients will progressively develop AIDS within 15 years of infection. The first few weeks after primary infection are characterized by an acute mononucleosis or flu-like illness. During this stage seroconversion usually occurs and is associated with a rapid increase in circulating viral titers. This is followed by virus dissemination to lymphoid organs. Adaptive host immunity, including neutralizing antibodies and cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) against virus-infected cells, subsequently develops. While these responses may temporarily control the infection, generally they are unable to eliminate the virus. The patient then enters the stage of clinical latency or the asymptomatic period. A progressive decrease in CD4+ peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBL) continues during the latency stage. When CD4 counts fall below 200/mm3, the disease usually enters a symptomatic phase, characterized by opportunistic infections and other AIDS-defining conditions. Clin Diagn Lab Immunol. 1999 May; 6(3): 295–305.