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African American people’s AIDS conspiracy beliefs best understood in terms of social anxiety and distrust, not ignorance

The idea that AIDS was created as part of a government-led conspiracy to decimate the African American population remains salient to a significant minority of black people,

Published
29 January 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Déjà Vu – Claims of HIV Cures and Re-Treading Old Ground

A few days ago while in Abuja, I was surprised to hear the news presenter announce that a Federal High Court had “lifted the ban” on Dr Abalaka’s “vaccine” against HIV. I was struck by a number of things – an abiding discomfort at the quality of reporting on science and health matters in the Nigerian media; a sense of guilt that, in failing to tell our stories, younger Nigerians are at risk of repeating missteps of the past; and a fear that many, misled by the news item, may put their lives at risk.

Published
28 January 2015
From
Nigeria Health Watch
Why scientific AIDS explanations struggle in townships

HIV/AIDS educators often seem to enjoy raising an eyebrow at outlandish beliefs over the disease. But in doing so they fail to realise that the joke is on them – these ideas continue to hold sway despite their best efforts.

Published
26 January 2015
From
Africa Check
Preventing bad reporting on health research

Academics should be made accountable for exaggerations in press releases about their own work

Published
10 December 2014
From
BMJ
Is HIV Weakening Over Time?

There has been an explosion of media stories positing that the virulence of HIV is decreasing and that the virus is evolving into a “milder form." But the study prompting the coverage relies primarily on laboratory measurements of HIV replication capacity, despite the fact that a prior publication—by several of the same authors—reports that results from this test do not predict the rate of CD4 T cell decline over time.

Published
03 December 2014
From
TAG
Pat Robertson, Medical Expert: 'The Towels Might Have AIDS'

On a recent episode of The 700 Club, television's premier destination for religious bigotry since 1966, Robertson advised a viewer that while the chances of contracting Ebola in Kenya are slim, travelers should beware of AIDS-ridden towels. What? Yes.

Published
31 October 2014
From
Poz
Are antimicrobial condoms the new frontier against STIs? Not quite…

Australian biotech company Starpharma has announced the imminent launch of a condom coated with an antimicrobial chemical known as VivaGel. While it might be marketed as a great leap forward for preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs), it’s unlikely to offer any more protection than your average condom.

Published
14 October 2014
From
The Conversation
HIV Research Fraud Highlights Scramble for Federal Science Grant Money

In the most brazen case of medical research fraud since the 1974 "patchwork mouse" scandal, scientist Dong-Pyou Han has admitted to faking an HIV vaccine experiment to gain federal funding.

Published
24 September 2014
From
Healthline
Has Jacob Zuma hurt the fight against AIDS more than Thabo Mbeki?

Has South African president Jacob Zuma set back the the fight against HIV/AIDS more than his predecessor? Opposition leader Helen Zille believes so but the evidence shows otherwise.

Published
23 September 2014
From
Africa Check
Egypt's Military Regime Still Pushing Bogus HIV, Hepatitis "Cure"

The so-called 'miracle' device originally made media headlines in February when it was slammed for its tenuous grasp of the science surrounding both life-threatening diseases.

Published
09 July 2014
From
Poz magazine news
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