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How East Germany Fabricated the Myth of HIV Being Man-Made

Jeppsson, Anders LU (2017) In Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care 16(6). p.519-522
Abstract

Despite the fact that the origin of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) being a contamination and a mutation originating from primates is well-documented alternative narratives are often being heard ofespecially in sub-Saharan Africa. One such narrative is about HIV being man-made in a military laboratory in the United States. In this article, it is shown how this narrative was fabricated by the intelligence services in East Germany (German Democratic Republic – GDR) as part of the ideological warfare during the Cold War. The purpose of this article is to put an end to a long-lasting conspiracy theory, which is still alive and may create diversion from serious research on the topic.

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Cold War, conspiracy, HIV, man-made
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Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
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16
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6
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4 pages
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  • scopus:85038421004
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2325-9574
DOI
10.1177/2325957417724203
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English
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  author       = {Jeppsson, Anders},
  issn         = {2325-9574},
  keyword      = {Cold War,conspiracy,HIV,man-made},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {11},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {519--522},
  series       = {Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care},
  title        = {How East Germany Fabricated the Myth of HIV Being Man-Made},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2325957417724203},
  volume       = {16},
  year         = {2017},
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