Students who choose to write 3-point theses should perform the majority of their research before resolving it into three solid categories through which to support the thesis's idea. After conducting the research, students should clearly identify their own conclusions and then choose the three aspects of the research that best support those conclusions. Next, they should write working thesis statements that incorporate each of those three points. In writing the body of the 3-point thesis, then, a student should discuss each point in turn and should only use research that clearly relates to that point; however, he or she should not exclude relevant sources that disagree with the thesis's idea but should rather introduce those sources and explain why their premises do not undermine the thesis's idea. This strategy shows that the writer has carefully considered opposing positions but still believes his or her own position to be the most valid.
Here we have an explanatory, mildly argumentative thesis that enables the writer to express an opinion. We infer from the use of the word convincing that the writer will judge the various reasons for protecting the rights of AIDS patients; and, we can reasonably assume, the writer himself believes in protecting these rights. Note the contrast between this second thesis and the first one, where the writer committed himself to no involvement in the debate whatsoever. Still, the present thesis is not as ambitious as the third one, whose writer implicitly accepted the general argument for safeguarding rights (an acceptance he would need to justify) and then took the additional step of evaluating the merits of those arguments in relation to each other. (Recall that Anthony Jones's plan was the "most sensible.")