Skepticism Of Science In A Pandemic Isn’t New. It Helped Fuel The AIDS Crisis

Dr. Lawrence Mass, who wrote the first article about AIDS in a U.S. publication, points to South Africa when reflecting on the legacy of AIDS denialism. The legacy, he says, is "the death — the preventable unnecessary deaths — of more of 330,000 people" there.

It’s been 40 years since the first U.S. AIDS cases were were reported, and some who experienced the early years of the crisis say the effects of denialism then have carried into the COVID-19 pandemic.

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