Although the book deals primarily with the AIDS pandemic, many of the insights contribute to a better understanding of the way in which all conspiracy beliefs function.
Conspiracy beliefs included that the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) may have been created in a laboratory, and that the pharmaceutical industry invented AIDS to sell more toxic drugs.
Anti-government rhetoric and conspiracy beliefs
of sovereigns and other right-wing extremist groups are often repeated in social discourse today; on popular talk shows; and in speeches by some politicians who claim that.
Several researchers have argued that the legacy of mistrust and suspicion of health-care providers, validated by the infamous Tuskegee experiment, Jim Crow segregation policies, and centuries of institutionalized racism, has been driving HIV conspiracy beliefs in the Black community (Thomas and Quinn 1991; Jones 1992; Bogart et al.
In doing so, this study: 1) examines the influence of HIV conspiracy beliefs on having had an HIV test using a non-marginalized population of African American women; 2) explores the influence of racial-identity salience on being tested for HIV; and 3) introduces and employs a culturally relevant scale to assess self-efficacy in getting tested for HIV.
3) Do perceived barriers, weak attitudes about condom use, high endorsement in HIV conspiracy beliefs, and racial-identity salience decrease Black women's odds of having had an HIV test?
It is believed that conspiracy beliefs stem from chronic experiences of discrimination (Bird & Bogart, 2005).
For men--with sociodemographic variables, partner characteristics, sexually transmitted disease history, perception of risk, and psychological factors controlled for--stronger conspiracy beliefs were significantly associated with more negative condom attitudes and inconsistent condom usage (Bogart & Thornburn, 2005).
Men who had the highest level of conspiracy beliefs
had more negative attitudes about condoms and were less likely to use them.
These characteristics consist of backing one or more conspiracy theories unrelated to 9/11, frequently talking about 9/11 conspiracy beliefs with like-minded friends and others, taking a cynical stance toward politics, mistrusting authority, endorsing democratic practices, feeling generally suspicious toward others and displaying an inquisitive, imaginative outlook.
After random phone interviews of 348 people, Goertzel proposed that a person's convictions about secret plots serves as evidence for other conspiracy beliefs.
may affect birth control use by African American men and women, according to a study published in the journal Health Education and Behavior.