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Denying AIDS: Conspiracy Theories, Pseudoscience, and Human Tragedy

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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 expose of the scientific and sociopolitical forces involved in ...more
Hardcover, 205 pages
Published February 20th 2009 by Copernicus Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Mar 16, 2014 John rated it it was ok
This is as definitive a book as we have so far -- as close to a standard work as exists -- on those who would deny the connection between HIV and AIDS; or that AIDS is a heterosexual as well as a homosexual disease; or that AIDS can be transmitted through sexual contact rather than just through sharing needles or through blood transfusion; or even, in extreme cases, that AIDS exists at all. Then there are those who believe AIDS exists but that it's a man-made bug designed to exterminate gays, or ...more
Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea
what an incredible book. i wish i had read it back in 2005 when i helped put on a demonstration against a film being screened called "the other side of aids"--an aids denialist film claiming that hiv does not cause aids and then further that hiv does not exist. (According to them, what kills people then? poverty, drug use, (homo)sexuality, but absolutely not AIDS!) This was followed up by a film screening of people fighting for aids and hiv to be recognized by the government and scientific estab ...more
May 01, 2010 James rated it did not like it
It was hard to know whether this book was meant to convey a message or be a vehicle of self promotion for the author. It is poorly written and hard to read, but easy to put down....and forget.

Kalichman is well known in the blogosphere for his prodigeous writings on his site denyingaids, and is a regular contributor to numerous sites of similar content. The only thing missing in this book is his usual ranting style and pseudo-pcycholigical diagnoses of those that disagree with him.

That he has fre
Shea Mastison
Sep 19, 2013 Shea Mastison rated it really liked it
This was an excellent book whose insights can be cast toward the whole culture of pseudoscience in America. Seth C. Kalichman really wrestles with the subject of AIDS denialism; attempting to give unbiased perspectives, with a limited amount of interpretation. Then he moves toward offering the scientific errors, whether deliberate or not, these AIDS denialists make.

The book is very accessible, and there is a ton of information packed into such a relatively thin book. If bizarre social currents
Emma Veitch
Jul 10, 2016 Emma Veitch rated it really liked it
Frightening but important (still - unfortunately). Well researched, not only a useful history of HIV/AIDS, its emergence, the science and treatment, but a memoir of how denialism emerges and influences to harm individuals and populations. Cautionary tale and worth revisiting as the effects he describes can also be seen in eg, vaccine denialism (false claims that vaccines cause autism) etc and many other areas of pseudoscience. Just not always brilliantly written and sometimes a little lacking in ...more
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Dec 03, 2010 Victoria rated it it was amazing
This book opened up a whole world of zealous HIV/AIDS denialism I never knew existed. Excellent!
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