January 25, 2005


Study: Many Blacks Cite AIDS Conspiracy: Prevention Efforts Hurt, Activists Say (Darryl Fears, January 25, 2005, Washington Post)

More than 20 years after the AIDS epidemic arrived in the United States, a significant proportion of African Americans embrace the theory that government scientists created the disease to control or wipe out their communities, according to a study released today by Rand Corp. and Oregon State University.

That belief markedly hurts efforts to prevent the spread of the disease among black Americans, the study's authors and activists said. African Americans represent 13 percent of the U.S. population, according to Census Bureau figures, yet they account for 50 percent of new HIV infections in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nearly half of the 500 African Americans surveyed said that HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is man-made. The study, which was supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, appears in the Feb. 1 edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

More than one-quarter said they believed that AIDS was produced in a government laboratory, and 12 percent believed it was created and spread by the CIA.

A slight majority said they believe that a cure for AIDS is being withheld from the poor. Forty-four percent said people who take the new medicines for HIV are government guinea pigs, and 15 percent said AIDS is a form of genocide against black people.

As all conspiracy theories, this one is so incoherent it's hard to see how anyone can buy it. It requires a government so competent it can manufacture and introduce the agent secretly, but so incompetent that 11% of the American population is still black.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 25, 2005 9:16 PM

The conspiracy to reduce the black population is called "Planned Parenthood."

Posted by: Palmcroft at January 25, 2005 10:19 PM

What I found most incoherent is if the conspiracy is true, wouldn't avoiding the virus be sticking it to The Man? Why does belief in this conspiracy theory promote virus enabling behaviour? Does it involve active infection of people by the government?

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at January 25, 2005 11:00 PM

From Page 244 + 245 of Valeri Mitrokhin's The Sword And The Shield(The
Secret History Of The KGB):

"Probably the most successful anti-American active measure of the Gorbachev
era, promoted by a mixture of overt propaganda and covert action by Service
A, was the story that the AIDs virus had been "manufactured" by American
biological warfare specialists at Fort Detrick in Maryland. An East German,
Russian-born physicist Jacob Segal, claimed on the basis of "circumstantial
evidence" (later wholly discredited) that AIDS had been artificially
synthesized at Fort Detrick from two natural viruses, VISNA and HTLV-1.
Thus fortified by spurious scientific jargon, the AIDs fabrication not
merely swept through the Third World, but took in some of the Western media
as well. In October of 1986 the conservative British Sunday Express made it
its main front-page story. During the first six months of 1987 alone, the
story received major news coverage in over forty Third World countries."

Posted by: Pete at January 25, 2005 11:43 PM

And you wonder why they keep voting Democrat. This is not a racial slam. Another group with a delusional belief system is the Jews most of whom think that "The Plot Against America" is thinly disguised fact.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 26, 2005 11:19 AM