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The AIDS ConspiracyScience Fights Back$
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Nicoli Nattrass

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231149136

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231149136.001.0001

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The Conspiratorial Move against HIV Science and its Consequences

The Conspiratorial Move against HIV Science and its Consequences

(p.1) 1 The Conspiratorial Move against HIV Science and its Consequences
The AIDS Conspiracy

Nicoli Nattrass

Columbia University Press

This introductory chapter focuses on the different conspiracy theories about acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Most people do not believe conspiracy theories about AIDS. But suspicions that the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) may have been created in a laboratory, and that the pharmaceutical industry invented AIDS as a means of selling toxic drugs, persist until today. There are two theories about the origin of HIV. First, HIV is a manmade bioweapon; and second, HIV is harmless and antiretroviral drugs themselves cause AIDS. Although very different, both theories make a “conspiratorial move” against HIV science by implying that scientists have either been duped by, or are part of, conspiracy to inflict harm. This book explores the factors prolonging the erroneous belief that the American government manufactured the HIV to be used as a biological weapon, as well as the belief that antiretroviral drugs caused AIDS.

Keywords:   AIDS, HIV, biological weapon, pharmaceutical industry, conspiracy, antiretroviral drugs

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