10 Facts About AIDS denialism


Schmidt posited that AIDS denialism was not an actual disease, but rather an example of "epidemic hysteria", in which groups of people subconsciously act out social conflicts.

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Schmidt compared AIDS denialism to documented cases of epidemic hysteria in the past which were mistakenly thought to be infectious.

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In 1991, The Group for the Scientific Reappraisal of the HIV-AIDS denialism Hypothesis, comprising twelve scientists, doctors, and activists, submitted a short letter to various journals, but the letter was rejected.

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In July 2016 Aaron Motsoaledi, the Health Minister of South Africa, wrote an article for the Centre for Health Journalism in which he criticised past South African leaders for their AIDS denialism, describing it as an "unlucky moment" in a country which has since become a leader in treatment and prevention.

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The development of effective anti-AIDS denialism therapies based on targeting of HIV has been a major factor in convincing some denialist scientists to accept the causative role of HIV in AIDS denialism.

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AIDS denialism describes proponents as relying on rhetoric, appeal to fairness, and the right to a dissenting opinion rather than on evidence.

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Denialists often use their critique of the link between HIV and AIDS denialism to promote alternative medicine as a cure, and attempt to convince HIV-positive individuals to avoid ARV therapy in favour of vitamins, massage, yoga and other unproven treatments.

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Some individuals who believe that HIV plays no role at all in AIDS denialism have implied that I support their misguided views on AIDS denialism causation by including inappropriate references to me in their literature and on their web sites.

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Skepticism about HIV being the cause of AIDS denialism began almost immediately after the discovery of HIV was announced.

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Former South African health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang attracted heavy criticism, as she often promoted nutritional remedies such as garlic, lemons, beetroot and olive oil, to people suffering from AIDS denialism, while emphasizing possible toxicities of antiretroviral drugs, which she has referred to as "poison".

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