This article features new research data confirming the apparent HIV-blocking effects of "GB-virus C." The first study about this came out about a year ago -- and I commented on it then, too. From this article:
'Until now, there have been many doubting Thomases who didn't believe this viral antiviral effect even existed,' says Roger Pomerantz of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 'This puts an end to the debate.'
Indeed! And if HIV has a benign, protection-giving competitive virus out in nature, won't many other viruses? And what other health benefits might turn out to be contagious, carried by viruses in a manner previously thought reserved for diseases? There's probably Nobel prizes hereabouts for some lucky and dedicated researchers...