Joel Stringfellow (njyoder) wrote in thequestionclub,
Joel Stringfellow

1. Why do so many people believe that HIV/AIDS was created by the government, that the government created crack to make black people into addicts, 9/11 was caused by the government and other crazy conspiracy theories?

2. Why is it that a belief in an HIV/AIDS conspiracy results in substantially lower condom use?*

Surveys show that about 25% of Blacks, 20% of Latinos and 10% of Whites believe that a government conspiracy resulted in the creation of HIV/AIDS. I'm sure that if I looked up the surveys for the other conspiracy theories, they'd be alarmingly high, too.

*This is from this study, but it's not entirely clear from the abstract if they ruled out external factors, such as economic class, as causing the correlation.
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