Denying AIDS

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-02-15
  • Publisher: Copernicus Books

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Paralleling the discovery of HIV and the rise of the AIDS pandemic, a flock of naysayers has dedicated itself to replacing genuine knowledge with destructive misinformation'and spreading from the fringe to the mainstream media and the think tank. Now from the editor of the journal AIDS and Behavior comes a bold exposé of the scientific and sociopolitical forces involved in this toxic evasion. Denying AIDS traces the origins of AIDS dissidents disclaimers during the earliest days of the epidemic and delves into the psychology and politics of the current denial movement in its various incarnations.Seth Kalichman focuses not on the 'difficult' or doubting patient, but on organized, widespread forms of denial (including the idea that HIV itself is a myth and HIV treatments are poison) and the junk science, faulty logic, conspiracy theories, and larger forces of homophobia and racism that fuel them. The malignant results of AIDS denial can be seen in those individuals who refuse to be tested, ignore their diagnoses, or reject the treatments that could save their lives. Instead of ignoring these currents, asserts Kalichman, science has a duty to counter them.Among the topics covered: Why AIDS denialism endures, and why science must understand it.Pioneer virus HIV researcher Peter Duesberg's role in AIDS denialism.Flawed immunological, virological, and pharmacological pseudoscience studies that are central to texts of denialism.The social conservative agenda and the politics of AIDS denial, from the courts to the White House.The impact of HIV misinformation on public health in South Africa.Fighting fiction with reality: anti-denialism and the scientific community.For anyone affected by, interested in, or working with researchers in HIV/AIDS, and public health professionals in general, the insight and vision of Denying AIDS will inspire outrage, discussion, and ultimately action.See for more information.

Author Biography

Seth C. Kalichman is a Professor at the University of Connecticut.  He has previously edited the volume, Positive Prevention: Reducing HIV Transmission among People Living with HIV/AIDS, also published by Springer.

Table of Contents

HIV/AIDS Denialism Is Alive and Wellp. 1
Denialp. 2
Doubt and the Difficult Patientp. 4
Dissidence in Sciencep. 5
What is HIV/AIDS Denialism?p. 8
Suspicious Mindsp. 13
Why AIDS? Why Now?p. 15
Who Are the Denialists?p. 20
Why We Should Care About Denialismp. 22
Peter Duesberg and the Origins of HIV/AIDS Denialismp. 25
Who Is Peter Duesberg?p. 26
Peter Duesberg and Robert Gallop. 34
Duesberg on AIDSp. 38
The Grant that Never Wasp. 45
Character Flaw?p. 48
Duesberg the Victimp. 50
A Groundswell of Supportp. 52
Has Duesberg Been Given His Due?p. 54
AIDS Pseudosciencep. 57
Conducting Research Versus Concocting Pseudosciencep. 58
Pseudo-virology: HIV Does Not Existp. 60
Pseudo-immunology I: HIV Exists but HIV Tests Are Invalidp. 62
The Pure Virus Mythp. 64
Everyone Is HIV Positivep. 66
Pseudo-immunology II: HIV Does Not Cause AIDSp. 67
Proof that HIV Does Not Cause AIDSp. 70
Pseudo-immunology III: HIV Is Necessary but Insufficient to Cause AIDSp. 76
A Closer Look at Poverty, Africa, and AIDSp. 76
Pseudo-pharmacology: HIV Treatments Are Toxic Poisonp. 78
Pseudo-epidemiology: HIV Is Not Sexually Transmittedp. 82
Cashing Inp. 86
Denialist Journalism and Conspiracy Theoriesp. 91
A Web of Denialismp. 93
Blah-Blah-Bloggersp. 95
The Great AIDS Debate?p. 96
Deconstructing AIDSp. 97
Denialist Journalism Meets AIDS Pseudosciencep. 98
Morphing Science and Technobabblep. 98
Portraying Science as Religionp. 101
Cherry Pickingp. 102
The Single Study Fallacyp. 102
Stuck in the 1980sp. 103
Pushing Back the Goal Postsp. 104
Preying on Fearsp. 105
The Spin Machinep. 105
AIDS Conspiracies and Denialismp. 106
AIDS Genocide Conspiraciesp. 107
Big Pharma Conspiraciesp. 108
Censorship Conspiraciesp. 109
Anti-sex Conspiraciesp. 110
What if the Denialists Are Right?p. 111
Why Denialists Drive Scientists Crazyp. 112
Politics of Denialismp. 115
The Press Conferencep. 116
Presidential Denialismp. 119
Presidential AIDS Advisorsp. 121
Debunking Myths About AIDS in Africap. 124
Apartheid, AIDS, and Freedomp. 125
South Africa and State Denialismp. 127
The Durban Declarationp. 136
AIDS Activism Meets Denialismp. 138
Political Ideologiesp. 141
Racism and Homophobiap. 142
The Nazi Thingp. 144
AIDS Denialism in the Courtroomp. 145
Body Bagsp. 147
Getting Out of Denialp. 149
In and Out of Denialismp. 150
Why Denialism Will Not Go Awayp. 153
When Denialists Diep. 154
AIDS Realismp. 156
Credibilityp. 157
Contemporaneousnessp. 157
Common Sensep. 158
Critical Thinking - The Denialism Antidotep. 158
Avoid Falling into Single Study Fallaciesp. 159
Consider the Sourcep. 159
More Technical Does Not Mean More Crediblep. 159
If It Is too Good to Be True, It Probably Isn'tp. 159
Take It Up with Your Doctorp. 159
Be a Skeptic Not a Cynicp. 160
Be a Dissident, Not a Denialistp. 160
Anti-denialismp. 160
Defeating Denialismp. 161
Epilogue: The Most Ironic Conspiracyp. 165
Timeline of HIV/AIDS Denialismp. 169
About the HIV/AIDS Denialistsp. 175
Notesp. 187
Indexp. 203
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