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050 4 RA643.8|b.N37 2012
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100 1 Nattrass, Nicoli.
245 14 The AIDS conspiracy :|bscience fights back /|cNicoli
264 1 New York :|bColumbia University Press,|c
264 4 |c©2012
300 viii, 225 pages :|billustrations ;|c24 cm
504 Includes bibliographical references (pages -216) and
505 0 The conspiratorial move against HIV science and its
consequences -- AIDS origin conspiracy theories in the
United States and South Africa -- Who believes AIDS
conspiracy theories and why leadership matters -- Science,
politics, and credibility : David Gilbert fights AIDS
conspiracy beliefs in US prisons -- Science, conspiracy
theory, and the South African AIDS policy tragedy -- Hero
scientists, cultropreneurs, living icons, and praise-
singers : AIDS denialism as community -- Defending the
imprimatur of science : Duesberg and the medical
hypotheses saga -- The conspiratorial move and the
struggle for evidence-based medicine.
520 Since the early days of the AIDS epidemic, many bizarre
and dangerous hypotheses have been advanced to explain the
origins of the disease. In this compelling book, Nicoli
Nattrass 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 AIDS conspiracy theory.
Advocates of this position make a "conspiratorial move"
against HIV science by implying its methods cannot be
trusted and that untested, alternative therapies are safer
than antiretrovirals. These claims are genuinely life-
threatening, as tragically demonstrated in South Africa
when the delay of antiretroviral treatment resulted in
nearly 333,000 AIDS deaths and 180,000 HIV infections -- a
tragedy of stunning proportions. Nattrass identifies four
symbolically powerful figures ensuring the lifespan of
AIDS denialism: the hero scientist (dissident scientists
who lend credibility to the movement); the cultropreneur
(alternative therapists who exploit the conspiratorial
move as a marketing mechanism); the living icon
(individuals who claim to be living proof of AIDS
denialism's legitimacy); and the praise-singer
(journalists who broadcast movement messages to the
public). Nattrass also describes how pro-science activists
have fought back by deploying empirical evidence and
political credibility to resist AIDS conspiracy theories,
which is part of the crucial project to defend evidence-
based medicine.--|provided by publisher.
650 0 AIDS (Disease)|xTransmission.
650 0 HIV infections|zUnited States.
650 0 HIV infections|zSouth Africa.
650 0 AIDS (Disease)|zUnited States.
650 0 AIDS (Disease)|zSouth Africa.
650 0 Medical policy|zUnited States.
650 0 Medical policy|zSouth Africa.
650 0 Conspiracy theories.
650 0 Public opinion|zUnited States.
650 0 Public opinion|zSouth Africa.
650 12 HIV Infections|zSouth Africa.
650 12 HIV Infections|zUnited States.
650 22 Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome|zSouth Africa.
650 22 Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome|zUnited States.
650 22 Health Policy|zSouth Africa.
650 22 Health Policy|zUnited States.
650 22 Public Opinion|zSouth Africa.
650 22 Public Opinion|zUnited States.
710 2 Columbia University.|bPress.
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