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Myths About HIV/AIDS

This Month in HIV: The Truth About HIV/AIDS Denialism

An Interview With Clinical Psychologist Seth Kalichman, Ph.D.

Seth Kalichman, Ph.D., professor of social psychology at the University of Connecticut
    "It's mind-boggling actually, to refute what is well-known in medicine and science for the sake of essentially a hobby. I think some of these people really _don't_ know how destructive they're being."
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    "What's particularly destructive in AIDS denialism is the bending and the distorting of medically established facts for self-indulging purposes. ... For example, to protect one's self from information about one's own diagnosis or prognosis that one just cannot accept."
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    "I met Peter Duesberg and I don't have any question that he really _believes_ that HIV is harmless and that AIDS is not caused by an infectious disease."
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    "Duesberg provided what Maggiore wanted. That's what a lot of people are getting from the denialists; they're hearing what _everyone wants_ to hear. Don't _you_ want to know that HIV is a myth? Don't _you_ wish that it didn't cause this disease? Don't _you_ wish that people didn't have to take antiretrovirals? Who wouldn't want that?"
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    "The Tuskegee syphilis study is one of the great blemishes, one of the great _shames_, in our nation's public health history. One of the ramifications has been an element of well-deserved mistrust of the U.S. Public Health Service in African-American communities."
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    "They're not just providing information. That's _not_ what the denialists are doing. They're _recruiting._ So their information is packaged in a much more user-friendly manner and is well-networked amongst each other."
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    "When we have a friend or a brother or a sister who is talking about conspiracies and saying that HIV is harmless, that what's being done here is a big hoax to make money for the pharmaceutical companies, that Bill Clinton _and_ Bono are conspiring to sell more of these drugs that are really killing Africans, when we hear people saying that stuff, we _can't_ just think that it's cute and funny. We have to _really_ challenge them. We have to say, 'Where do you get that from?' and treat it as a mental health problem."
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    "With Christine Maggiore, it's pretty clear to me that she _created_ a world that protected her from the truth. She just couldn't handle the truth. And it's actually very sad. She ignored her HIV-positive diagnosis by listening to people like Peter Duesberg and the people around him."
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    "Another thing that's happening in terms of money is that denialists are very involved in undermining charities and programs, particularly the (RED) campaign. They're very active in trying to get people to _not_ buy (RED) products (Bono's venture that involves the Gap, etcetera), part of the proceeds of which go to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria."
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    "'What mattered to me as \[a\] person living with HIV was to be told that HIV did not cause AIDS. That was nice. Of course, it was like printing money when the economy is not doing well. Or pissing in your pants when the weather is too cold. Comforting for a while but disastrous in the long run.'" Winstone Zulu, a Zambian AIDS activist and former denialist
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    Bonnie Goldman