Endorsement of a Genocidal HIV Conspiracy as a Barrier to HIV Testing in South Africa

Published in: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, v. 49, no. 1, Sep. 1, 2008, p. 115-116

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 2007

by Laura M. Bogart, Seth C. Kalichman, Leikness C. Simbayi

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Over 20% of South Africans aged 15-49 years are infected with HIV, with substantially higher prevalences in black African settlements than in other areas. According to media reports and commentaries, misinformation about the epidemic has arisen among black Africans, including genocidal conspiracy beliefs about the role of government and whites in causing the epidemic (eg, that HIV is manufactured by whites to reduce or control the black African population).

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