AIDS Denialism on World AIDS Day
For all the intellectual and financial damage that pseudoscience does nothing in the realm of skepticism really compares to the colossal harm that can be and has been done by the spread of misinformation about AIDS. The South African government’s AIDS denialist policies alone are estimated to have caused more than 330,000 premature deaths. Fortunately those policies ended when then end of Thabo Mbeki’s reign as Prime Minister in 2008 but it demonstrates that even a handful of ill-informed individuals in positions of power can devastate a population.
The good news is the misinformation surrounding HIV/AIDS is largely divorced from the types of political and religious baggage which makes combating creationism and climate denialism extremely difficult. There are also numerous internet outlets outlining the basics of HIV/AIDS, and a short list of those can be found below, so there’s little reason why anyone should continue to be lead astray by repeatedly debunked myths and by conspiracies about drug companies. Just as the spread of HIV can be limited by knowing basic facts the spread of AIDS denialism, which in turn leads to the spread of HIV, can be largely curtailed by creating an informed population.
AIDS Denial is Pseudoscience - Perhaps the largest collection of articles and resources about AIDS denialism on the web
General HIV/AIDS Information
Avert.org - Likely the most popular site online regarding HIV/AIDS information and with good reason as it’s information is plentiful and easily understandable for a layperson