Magazine article New Internationalist

AIDS Myths and Theories

Magazine article New Internationalist

AIDS Myths and Theories

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VIRUS MYTH II

IT'S A GAY PLAGUE"

Widely believed to have mutated from the homophobic virus. SYMPTOMS: Severe narrowing of the mind. Uncontrollable urge to outlaw homosexuality. Resistant to reason.

VIRUS MYTH III

IT'S SPREAD BY PROSTITUTES AND CASUAL SEX"

Otherwise known as 'moralagenda' virus. Spread by casual marriage and monogamy SYMPTONS: Hyperallergic to prostitutes and sexual liberation.

VIRUS MYTH IV

IT'S A BLACK AFRICAN DISEASE"

Virulent and widespread strain. High risk of infection among white nationalists. SYMPTOMS: Hairy, sweaty palms; tightening of the immigration laws.

VIRUS MYTH I

YOU CAN CATCH IT FROM TOILET SEATS"

Earliest known strain of myth spread by contact with tabloid press. SYMPTOMS: Verbal diarrheoa, delusions and eventual brain death.

HIV HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH AIDS

Some scientists, like Peter Duesberg, say there's no proof that HIV causes AIDS. …

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