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The AIDS Conspiracy: Science Fights Back

Nicoli Nattrass


Since the early days of the AIDS epidemic, many bizarre and dangerous hypotheses have been advanced to explain the origins of the disease. This book explores the social and political factors prolonging the erroneous belief that the American government manufactured the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to be used as a biological weapon, as well as the myth's consequences for behavior, especially within African American and black South African communities. Contemporary AIDS denialism, the belief that HIV is harmless and that antiretroviral drugs are the true cause of AIDS, is a more insidious A ... More

Keywords: AIDS epidemic, HIV, biological weapon, AIDS denialism, antiretroviral drugs, AIDS conspiracy theory, HIV science, evidence-based medicine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231149136
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231149136.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicoli Nattrass, author
University of Cape Town