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You're Not Alone: Medical Conspiracies Believed By Many

About half of American adults believe in at least one medical conspiracy theory, but some conspiracy theories have much more traction than others, a survey shows. Three times as many people believe U.S. regulators prevent people from getting natural cures as believe that a U.S. spy agency infected African Americans with HIV.

Published
19 March 2014
From
Reuters
Egypt claims miracle cure for HIV and Hepatitis

Almost certainly a political miracle rather than a medical one, Egypt's claim to have an instant cure for HIV and Hepatitis shows the lengths the coup leaders will go for legitimacy.

Published
27 February 2014
From
The Commentator
Stories Claim Marijuana Fights HIV and Should be Tested in Patients - Extrapolating From Small Animal Trial

Competent medical reporters know better than to raise hopes regarding any disease following a single trial in animals. And yet, a couple of news outlets ran with headlines declaring that pot fights AIDS, and suggested that the lack of enthusiasm in the medical community was all due to the illicit nature of the drug.

Published
19 February 2014
From
Knight Science Journalism Tracker
HIV Denial and “Just Asking Questions”

The “just asking questions” maneuver is familiar to many skeptics. The idea is to feign neutrality, to insulate oneself from accountability or being held to answer for any specific position, but meanwhile to sow doubt about a scientific claim by raising (dubious) questions.

Published
18 February 2014
From
Science-Based Medicine
Crowd-funded HIV vaccine project sparks debate

The Immunity Project is an initiative to crowd-source money to make a new HIV vaccine. However many scientists are sceptical: "It seems like they’re going straight to the public and making appeals to emotion because they don’t have the scientific background to establish themselves in the research community," says virologist Abbie Smith at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Published
11 February 2014
From
Nature
HIV Denialists Testify at Criminal Trial of Georgia Man

Two medical professionals testified in court that a Georgia man accused of knowingly exposing women to HIV could not be found guilty because no test can prove conclusively that he—or anyone—has HIV. One suggested that the defendant's use of crack cocaine could have caused his HIV diagnosis.

Published
30 January 2014
From
Poz magazine news
The World Health Organization’s error on HIV self-infection in Greece adds insult to injury for HIV positive Greeks

The idea that people would deliberately get a serious infection in order to stave off poverty is imaginary. What drove the spike in HIV infections in Greece in the past three years was not individuals living on the street but individuals dictating policy at the top, both among the Greek political class and the Troika of lenders, who should be blamed for austerity policies that have proven detrimental to public health.

Published
13 January 2014
From
United Solidarity International
Lack of drug data 'extreme concern'

The lack of data on the effectiveness of medicines available to doctors and researchers is "of extreme concern" say a group of MPs. The Public Accounts Committee is calling for all data on drugs being prescribed in the UK to be made available.

Published
03 January 2014
From
BBC Health
Harley Street practitioner claimed he could cure cancer and HIV with lifestyle changes and herbs, court hears

Man in court for rare prosecution under The Cancer Act 1939 which prohibits advertisements offering to treat or to cure cancer. He used his personal twitter account to boast: "Cancer, diabetes, HIV, etc etc, all curable without the big pharmaceuticals", it is alleged.

Published
12 December 2013
From
Daily Telegraph
What ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ got wrong about the AIDS crisis

'Tis the season for Oscar bait, and this year, "Dallas Buyers Club" looks set to get at least a few nominations. The movie stars Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof, a Dallas man who contracts HIV in 1985, when the diagnosis was a death sentence. But it risks leaving a false impression of that period in the history of HIV/AIDS, and in particular of the role of AZT.

Published
11 December 2013
From
Washington Post
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