I tend to think that almost everyone here who have a positive stand regarding the possibility XMRV as the cause of ME/CFS - want it to be the cause, and almost everyone here who have a negative stand regarding that possibility - want that XMRV would not be the cause. I think that almost everyone's "objective" opinion is related to his wishful thinking. Therefore, regarding your question, "are you the only one who hopes that XMRV is not the cause of ME/CFS?" - I definitley think not, because there are at least a few writers here who seem pesimistic about the possibility that XMRV is the cause. But probably most of us do want it to be the cause, because most of the writers here seems optimistic about that. What about me? I think I am in a different position than many of the people here. Why? Because I'm 21 years-old. On the one hand, I want to find solutions to cure me or at least to make me feel better. On the other hand, I'm really arfraid from the possibility of being contagous during intercourse. I think that I do tend to want XMRV to be found as the cause of what I have (currently diagnosed with fibromyalgia). the illness is limiting my life, and most of the time I think that it limits it too much, in a way that I would rather have a contagous retrovirus than living with the illness. By the way, ofcourse everyone would like that it would be something much simpler - perhaps a bacteria which we can get rid of with the right antibiotics. But we are realistic - It's hard enough to find the cause of our illnesses during our lifetime - so if it is found, and it's found to be a retrovirus, most of us grab it with 2 hands and say "thank you" (and others don't - and it's totaly fine!). My hope is the following: I hope that XMRV would be found as the cause of my illness; That I would treat it successfuly and feel a lot better (to cure it is also my hope, but let's say that right now to feel much much better sounds really good to me too); And that it wouldn't effect me socialy in a bad way - Mostly because I would not be contagous (because XMRV would be found not to be contagous, including during intercourse, and it would be contagous only in situations which I can avoid easily. Or because there would be a vaccine ready in a few years that would work perfectly. Or for other reasons). That would be a dream come true. And I guess that right now none of the human beings can say that it is impossible.