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This bold, uncompromising book is the Uncle Toms Cabin of the AIDS and chronic fatigue syndrome epidemics. Its one of those books that will inspire you to think outside of the box. Destined to be a shocking independent film, The ClosingMoreThis bold, uncompromising book is the Uncle Toms Cabin of the AIDS and chronic fatigue syndrome epidemics. Its one of those books that will inspire you to think outside of the box. Destined to be a shocking independent film, The Closing Argument is a provocative courtroom novella about an African-American man who is tried in Connecticut for the crime of infecting a woman with HIV, the virus that the American government has declared the official cause of AIDS. In a move that shocks the nation, his attorney puts the government and the AIDS establishment on trial and tries to convince the jury that everything the public has been told about the nature of the AIDS and CFS epidemics is both racist and homophobic. The author makes you the jury and you have to decide from the attorneys closing argument if you can believe anything youve been told about AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome, HIV and HHV-6. This is the first work of fiction in history to focus on the cover-up of the devastating virus HHV-6 which has now been linked to many diseases in addition to AIDS and chronic fatigue syndrome. Nicholas Regush, former producer at ABC News called the book Eye-popping reading if you dare to expand your scope of thinking about AIDS and justice.From 1980 until 1997, Charles Ortleb was the publisher and editor-in-chief of New York Native which Wikipedia describes as the only gay paper in New York during the early part of the AIDS epidemic which pioneered reporting on the AIDS epidemic when others ignored it. On May 18, 1981, New York Native published the worlds very first report on the disease that would become known as AIDS. In his book, And the Band Played On, Randy Shilts described the New York Native coverage of the epidemic as being singularly thorough and voluminous. In Rolling Stone, David Black said that New York Native deserved a Pulitzer prize for its AIDS coverage. In an interview in New York Press, Nicholas Regush, a producer for ABC News and a reporter for Montreal Gazette, said that New York Native did an astounding job in its coverage of AIDS and credited it with educating him early on. In a profile on me titled The Outsider in Rolling Stone in 1988, Katie Leishman wrote that It is undeniable that many major AIDS stories were Ortlebs months and sometimes years before mainstream journalists took them up. Behind the scenes he exercises an enormous unacknowledged influence on the coverage of the medical story of the century.The writers and journalists who appeared in New York Native from 1981-1996 often made history. Larry Kramers famous essay, 1112 and Counting, which helped launch the AIDS activist movement, was published in New York Native in 1983. John Lauritsens investigative articles on AZT, the toxic AIDS drug that killed thousands of gay men, are still considered by many to be some of the best journalism published during the epidemic. The New York Native was such an important journal of record on AIDS that in 1984 the director of the CDC went out of his way to inform New York Natives medical reporter about the discovery of the so-called AIDS retrovirus before any other publication in America.In addition to pioneering the coverage of AIDS, New York Native was the only publication in the world to have a reporter, Neenyah Ostrom, who provided weekly coverage of the emergence of the epidemic of chronic fatigue syndrome and its scientific and political relationship to AIDS. Hillary Johnson, in her groundbreaking history of chronic fatigue syndrome, Oslers Web, wrote that Ortleb, in fact, increasingly suspected the AIDS outbreak was merely a modest subset of the more pervasive, immune-damaging epidemic disease claiming heterosexuals--chronic fatigue syndrome.