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The Montreal Gazette has run an important story on AIDS denialism. It shows how the untruths spread by denialists (such as that HIV doesn't exist, is harmless or is not sexually transmitted) can confuse and ultimately kill if people do not seek treatment or expose others to the virus.
But perhaps it does not adequately distinguish between personal denial about one's HIV status and the ideological denial that HIV causes AIDS. Although most people with HIV go through some degree of personal denial, very few actually deny that HIV causes AIDS or that ARVs are effective. The former is a psychological state, quite normal when faced with a highly stigmatized life-threatening disease; the latter is a dangerous ideological scourge with deadly consequences.
Now it's official: Gary Null, HIV Denialist and Crank — Mark Hoofnagle's Denialism blog outs "alternative medicine" guru Gary Null (whose infomercials are broadcast on PBS) as an AIDS denialist.
The Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa has upheld a complaint laid by the Treatment Action Campaign against Zeblon Gwala for advertising his fake AIDS cure 'Ubhejane'.
Update: The National Press Foundation's NPF Helpdesk resource for journalists has picked up the story.
The video below exposes Gwala's quackery:
The AIDS Conspiracy Handbook (Jeremiah Wright's paranoia in context) - Slate.com.
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