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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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Science, Politics, and Credibility

Science, Politics, and Credibility

David Gilbert Fights AIDS Conspiracy Beliefs in US Prisons

(p.63) 4 Science, Politics, and Credibility
The AIDS Conspiracy

Nicoli Nattrass

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the critique of David Gilbert on the origins of AIDS conspiracy theories, “Tracking the Real Genocide: AIDS-Conspiracy or Unnatural Disaster?” Gilbert is a cofounder of a peer AIDS education program in the Auburn Correctional Facility in 1987. He claimed that the real genocidal aspect of the epidemic was the way discriminatory policies and exploitative socioeconomic structures made poor and black people appear more vulnerable to HIV and AIDS. He added that those who propagate AIDS conspiracy theories were least concerned about its prevention. A study in the United States supported his claim, showing that belief in AIDS conspiracy theories and failure to take steps to prevent HIV infection reduces the odds of using a condom.

Keywords:   David Gilbert, AIDS, HIV, discrimination, AIDS conspiracy theories, David Gilbert, AIDS education

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