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Author Kalichman, Seth C.

Title Denying AIDS : conspiracy theories, pseudoscience, and human tragedy / Seth C. Kalichman ; foreword by Nicoli Nattrass
Published New York : Copernicus Books, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xxiii, 205 pages) : illustrations (some color), portraits
Contents Cover -- Contents -- 1 HIV/AIDS Denialism Is Alive and Well -- Denial -- Doubt and the Difficult Patient -- Dissidence in Science -- What Is HIV/AIDS Denialism? -- Suspicious Minds -- Why AIDS? Why Now? -- Who Are the Denialists? -- Why We Should Care About Denialism -- 2 Peter Duesberg and the Origins of HIV/AIDS Denialism -- Who Is Peter Duesberg? -- Peter Duesberg and Robert Gallo -- Duesberg on AIDS -- The Grant that Never Was -- Character Flaw? -- Duesberg the Victim -- A Groundswell of Support -- Has Duesberg Been Given His Due? -- 3 AIDS Pseudoscience -- Conducting Research Versus Concocting Pseudoscience -- Pseudo-virology: HIV Does Not Exist -- Pseudo-immunology I: HIV Exists but HIV Tests Are Invalid -- The Pure Virus Myth -- Everyone Is HIV Positive -- Pseudo-immunology II: HIV Does Not Cause AIDS -- Proof that HIV Does Not Cause AIDS -- Pseudo-immunology III: HIV Is Necessary but Insufficient to Cause AIDS -- A Closer Look at Poverty, Africa, and AIDS -- Pseudo-pharmacology: HIV Treatments Are Toxic Poison -- Pseudo-epidemiology: HIV Is Not Sexually Transmitted -- Cashing In -- 4 Denialist Journalism and Conspiracy Theories -- A Web of Denialism -- Blah-Blah-Bloggers -- The Great AIDS Debate? -- Deconstructing AIDS -- Denialist Journalism Meets AIDS Pseudoscience -- Morphing Science and Technobabble -- Portraying Science as Religion -- Cherry Picking -- The Single Study Fallacy -- Stuck in the 1980s -- Pushing Back the Goal Posts -- Preying on Fears -- The Spin Machine -- AIDS Conspiracies and Denialism -- AIDS Genocide Conspiracies -- Big Pharma Conspiracies -- Censorship Conspiracies -- Anti-sex Conspiracies -- What if the Denialists Are Right? -- Why Denialists Drive Scientists Crazy -- 5 Politics of Denialism -- The Press Conference -- Presidential Denialism -- Presidential AIDS Advisors -- Debunking Myths About AIDS in Africa -- Apartheid, AIDS, and Freedom -- South Africa and State Denialism -- The Durban Declaration -- AIDS Activism Meets Denialism -- Political Ideologies -- Racism and Homophobia -- The Nazi Thing -- AIDS Denialism in the Courtroom -- Body Bags -- 6 Getting Out of Denial -- In and Out of Denialism -- Why Denialism Will Not Go Away -- When Denialists Die -- AIDS Realism -- Credibility -- Contemporaneousness -- Common Sense -- Critical Thinking The Denialism Antidote -- Avoid Falling into Single Study Fallacies -- Consider the Source -- More Technical Does Not Mean More Credible -- If It Is too Good to Be True, It Probably Isn't -- Take It Up with Your Doctor -- Be a Skeptic Not a Cynic -- Be a Dissident, Not a Denialist -- Anti-denialism -- Defeating Denialism -- Epilogue: The Most Ironic Conspiracy -- Appendix A: Timeline of HIV/AIDS Denialism -- Appendix B: About the HIV/AIDS Denialists -- Notes -- Index
Summary 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. 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. Among topics covered: why AIDS denialism endures, and why science must understand it; the role of pioneer virus researcher Peter Duesberg 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; and fighting fiction with reality: anti-denialism and the scientific community
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-201) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject AIDS (Disease) -- History.
AIDS (Disease) -- Prevention.
AIDS activists.
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome -- psychology.
Anti-HIV Agents.
Denial (Psychology)
Health Policy.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0387794751 (alk. paper)
038779476X (electronic bk.)
9780387794754 (alk. paper)
9780387794761 (electronic bk.)