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AIDS Conspiracy Alive and Well in the Black Community

Dawson, George (2005) AIDS Conspiracy Alive and Well in the Black Community. Journal of the National Medical Association, 97 (4). p. 451.

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    As the old saying goes, “Because you may, paranoidly, feel someone is after you? does not necessarily mean some one is not.” And this is apparently the feeling of a group of randomly sampled 500 African Americans, who participated in a phone survey on the subject. Remarkably, researchers somehow suggested that because of this notion of conspiracy by African Americans, some have become fatalistic in their approach to HIV/AIDS prevention measures. Therefore, they argue accounts for the high number or percentage of new HIV/AIDS infections in the United States. This reasoning, in my mind, does not make sense at all. The author’s own data noted that “75% of respondents believed that the government and healthagencies were working to stop the spread of AIDS in the black community.”

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    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: African Americans, HIV/AIDS, conspiracy, government, mistrust
    Subjects: Health > Public Health
    Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > HIV/Aids
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      Depositing User: Kismet Loftin-Bell
      Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2005
      Last Modified: 07 Jun 2011 13:23
      Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/224

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