The AIDS Conspiracy: Science Fights Back

The AIDS Conspiracy: Science Fights Back

by Nicoli Nattrass


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The AIDS Conspiracy: Science Fights Back by Nicoli Nattrass

In this compelling book, Nicoli Nattrass explores the social and political factors shaping AIDS conspiracy theories, particularly the erroneous belief that the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) was manufactured in the United States as a biological weapon. She argues that AIDS conspiracy theories and AIDS denialism (the belief that HIV is harmless) are dangerous because both make a "conspiratorial move" against HIV science, implying none of it can be trusted. This has undermined HIV prevention and antiretroviral treatment in the U.S. and South Africa. Nattrass identifies four symbolically powerful figures within the AIDS denialism movement and describes how pro-science activists have responded by challenging their credibility and defending evidence-based medicine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231149136
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/01/2013
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Nicoli Nattrass is director of the AIDS and Society Research Unit at the University of Cape Town and visiting professor at Yale University. She has a doctorate in economics from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She is a recognized expert on the political economy of antiretroviral treatment. Her research helped change South African AIDS policy, and her current work on AIDS denialism and conspiracy theories—both of which undermine scientific approaches to HIV prevention and treatment—have informed the work of AIDS scientists and activists across the globe.

Table of Contents

1. The Conspiratorial Move Against HIV Science and Its Consequences
2. AIDS Origin Conspiracy Theories in the United States and South Africa
3. Who Believes AIDS Conspiracy Theories and Why Leadership Matters
4. Science
5. Science
6. Hero Scientists
7. Defending the Imprimatur of Science: Duesberg and the Medical Hypotheses Saga
8. The Conspiratorial Move and the Struggle for Evidence-based Medicine

What People are Saying About This

Jonny Steinberg

A rigorous and illuminating investigation into the anatomy of AIDS conspiracies, this book ought to be read by anybody interested in the relationship between science and ordinary people.

Robert C. Gallo

Nicoli Nattrass's book is long overdue. She provides a comprehensive, definitive rebuttal to the genocide that AIDS denialism continues to propagate around the world. Nattrass succeeds in educating the public and arming them with truth based on proven science—not pseudoscience. Nattrass should be widely commended for her work.

Paul A. Offit

A must read for anyone interested in confronting the anti-science backlash causing so many unnecessary deaths across the globe.

Seth C. Kalichman

Nicoli Nattrass does a wonderful job uncovering the dangerous consequences of following fringe ideas in health and medicine. Her new book puts medical myths and misinformation square in front of us, and she tells the story with such passion, we dare not look away.

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