HIV Denialism

HIV denialism is a contradictory set of claims without foundation in science that HIV does not exist, or that it exists but is harmless, and that AIDS does not exist. These mistaken beliefs have a negative impact on HIV prevention efforts and access to treatment, especially in the communities most affected by HIV, when the misinformation leads people to make choices that may not be in their best interest. HIV denialism has been especially harmful in the internet age, as people rely heavily on online resources, some of which contain inaccurate and misleading information about HIV, how it is transmitted, and its effect on the body.

This HIV Policy Resource Bank category includes materials on the impact of HIV denialism on the public perception of HIV, its treatment, and its role in causing illness.