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 real 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 interested in this poisonous evasion. Denying AIDS lines the origins of AIDS dissidents disclaimers throughout the earliest days of the epidemic and delves into the psychology and politics of the present denial stream in its quite a few incarnations. Seth Kalichman focuses no longer at the “difficult” or doubting sufferer, yet on geared up, common kinds of denial (including the concept HIV itself is a delusion and HIV remedies are poison) and the junk technological know-how, defective common sense, conspiracy theories, and bigger forces of homophobia and racism that gas them. The malignant result of AIDS denial might be noticeable in these people who refuse to be proven, forget about their diagnoses, or reject the remedies that may retailer their lives. rather than ignoring those currents, asserts Kalichman, technology has an obligation to counter them. one of the issues lined: Why AIDS denialism endures, and why technology needs to know it. Pioneer virus HIV researcher Peter Duesberg’s position in AIDS denialism. wrong immunological, virological, and pharmacological pseudoscience stories which are significant to texts of denialism. The social conservative schedule and the politics of AIDS denial, from the courts to the White apartment. The effect of HIV incorrect information on public healthiness in South Africa. struggling with fiction with truth: anti-denialism and the clinical group. For a person laid low with, drawn to, or operating with researchers in HIV/AIDS, and public wellbeing and fitness pros often, the perception and imaginative and prescient of Denying AIDS will encourage outrage, dialogue, and finally motion. See for additional information.

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Why Now? 1 (continued) Historical prediction AIDS does not discriminate. HIV/AID denialist myth estimate creates a conundrum when the first AIDS cases among people in their early twenties are considered. AIDS remains contained in risk groups in the United States and Europe – gay men and injection drug users. Mostly men have AIDS in these countries. Even more damning is that different risk groups have different AIDSdefining conditions. Anti-HIV medications will stop HIV infection. The annual mortality rate of HIV+ people being treated is much higher than those not treated.

Has he attracted a cadre of legitimate scientists who share his dissident views or is he a magnet for pseudoscientists and the disaffected and deranged? Is Peter Duesberg a symbol of the routine suppression of truth in modern science or is he merely a bitter man with an axe to grind? The leader of a movement or a cult hero? Although Peter Duesberg is arguably the most important figure in denialism, he is certainly not alone. One could argue that President Ronald Reagan – who took office in 1981 but did not speak about AIDS until 1987, after nearly 50,000 Americans had been diagnosed with AIDS and more than half had died – was a significant early contributor to the cause of denialism.

Peter Duesberg, 1991 Ultimately it comes down to trust. 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.

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