Conspiracy Theory

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May 12 2006 12:00 AM ET

Despite nearly a quarter century of public education campaigns about HIV, a significant proportion of Americans still cling to the belief that HIV was invented by the U.S. government as a way to eliminate minority populations, according to a survey of Texas residents in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. African-Americans and Hispanics were the most likely to believe that AIDS is a genocidal conspiracy.

Group Division & Believe HIV Is a Genocidal Agent
''Black women: 31.2%
''Black men: 27.3%
''Hispanic women: 23.8%
''Hispanic men: 21.4%
''White women: 21.7%
''White men: 19.6%
''Asian women: 7.2%
''Asian men: 11.2%

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