Denying AIDS: Conspiracy Theories, Pseudoscience, and Human by Seth C. Kalichman

By Seth C. Kalichman

Paralleling the invention of HIV and the increase of the AIDS pandemic, a flock of naysayers has committed itself to changing actual wisdom with harmful misinformation—and spreading from the perimeter to the mainstream media and the imagine tank. Now from the editor of the magazine AIDS and behaviour comes a daring expos? of the clinical and sociopolitical forces eager about this poisonous evasion. Denying AIDS strains the origins of AIDS dissidents disclaimers throughout the earliest days of the epidemic and delves into the psychology and politics of the present denial circulate in its quite a few incarnations. Seth Kalichman focuses now not at the “difficult” or doubting sufferer, yet on prepared, frequent varieties of denial (including the concept HIV itself is a delusion and HIV remedies are poison) and the junk technological know-how, defective good judgment, conspiracy theories, and bigger forces of homophobia and racism that gas them. The malignant result of AIDS denial may be visible in these people who refuse to be demonstrated, forget about their diagnoses, or reject the remedies which can retailer their lives. rather than ignoring those currents, asserts Kalichman, technological know-how has an obligation to counter them. one of the subject matters lined: Why AIDS denialism endures, and why technological know-how needs to comprehend it. Pioneer virus HIV researcher Peter Duesberg’s position in AIDS denialism. incorrect immunological, virological, and pharmacological pseudoscience experiences which are critical to texts of denialism. The social conservative time table and the politics of AIDS denial, from the courts to the White residence. The influence of HIV incorrect information on public well-being in South Africa. struggling with fiction with truth: anti-denialism and the medical group. For a person plagued by, drawn to, or operating with researchers in HIV/AIDS, and public healthiness pros as a rule, the perception and imaginative and prescient of Denying AIDS will motivate outrage, dialogue, and finally motion. See for additional information.

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Among denialists are heads of state that have turned away from AIDS science in favor of denialist views. Other heads of state have even invented potions that they claim to cure AIDS (Appendix B provides a brief synopsis or who’s who among denialists). In all of its forms, denialism is inextricably intertwined with AIDS pseudoscience. AIDS pseudoscience propagates denialist myths through unregulated and non-scientific communication outlets, particularly books, magazines, and the Internet, as well as the exploitation of non-peer reviewed avenues within scientific outlets, such as letters to editors and commentaries.

Trusting what you hear. Trusting what you read. Trusting what one world-acclaimed scientist says over another. If denialism did not have a scientifically credible proponent it would never have been considered worthy of attention. But denialism has such a proponent. Confusion as to whether HIV is the cause of AIDS is traceable to one man, Peter Duesberg. As a scientist, Duesberg appears credible because of his training and his indisputably impressive early career accomplishments. Duesberg is in fact many things to many people, and opinions about him tend to split into extremes: Is Peter Duesberg an accomplished scientist or a deranged crackpot?

Holocaust and HIV/AIDS denialism share other common features. For both, millions of people died with the vast majority of Holocaust historians and AIDS scientists confirming the causes. The enormity of human suffering caused by the Holocaust and that of a plague, like AIDS, offers a platform for denialism. Another commonality is that conspiracy theories drive both Holocaust and HIV/AIDS denialism. There are striking similarities in rhetoric, using selected excerpts from credible documents and calling for a debate on matters for which there is universal agreement.

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