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AIDS is a disease of the human immune system caused by HIV, a virus.

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Do condoms have large enough holes for HIV to pass through?

Some people say that holes in latex are large enough for the AIDS-causing HIV and chlamydia to pass through, so that condoms do not protect against these STDs. Others dispute this statement and ...
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Does circumcision reduce HIV risk?

I've seen numerous claims that circumcision reduces HIV risk, both on TV and online. Have there been any studies to verify if circumcision does or doesn't reduce HIV risk in a statistically-...
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Did more gay men die in NYC during the AIDS crisis than US soldiers in Vietnam?

This Tumblr post, which has accumulated over 3,000 notes, claims: During the 1980s, more gay men died in New York City during the AIDS crisis than all recorded deaths of American soldiers in ...
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In the USA, is AIDS most prevalent in the gay male population?

Back in the early 1980s, AIDS was originally named Gay-related Immune Deficiency (GRID). Researchers renamed the disease as they became aware of the spread of the disease in other demographics. For ...
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Has condom distribution increased the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa?

Related: Do condoms have large enough holes for HIV to pass through? Back in Mar 2009, Pope Benedict XVI visited Africa and stated that condom use was not the answer to Africa's HIV/AIDS problems. ...
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Is HIV the cause of AIDS?

"If there is evidence that HIV causes AIDS, there should be scientific documents which either singly or collectively demonstrate that fact, at least with a high probability. There is no such ...
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Does tetrasilver tetroxide cure AIDS?

I just found a picture that said: Wanna know a Secret? Google for 5676977 That leads to US Patent 5,676,977 which describes using the "diamagnetic semiconducting molecular crystal tetrasilver ...
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Is HIV/AIDS a man-made disease?

There are lots of places that claim this. Is there any good evidence for or against this?
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Was "L" placed at the beginning of the LGBT acronym because of the AIDS crisis?

Seen in various LGBT documentation spaces online: This history of the acronym goes back to the last sustained trauma in the LGBT world: the AIDS pandemic of the 1980s and 1990s. ... a more ...
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Were 25% of newly-infected HIV-positive gay men actively seeking infection in 2003?

Rense quotes a 2003 Drudge Report article, that previewed an apparent Rolling Stone magazine article titled "Bug Chasers: The Men Who Secretly Long To Be HIV+." The men who want the virus ...
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Has HIV ever been isolated?

In particular I am interested with one specific claim made by Jody Wells Memorial Prize. Is his claim true and reasonable? I'll explain what I mean by reasonable latter. The organisers of the Jody ...
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Are activities in which both people bleed on each other considered "No Risk" for the transmission of HIV?

My friend, who was a HIV care provider, claims explicitly that "no one has ever transmitted HIV through wound to wound contact" and that therefore there is no significant risk to hockey players ...
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Did an experimental Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) cause the AIDS pandemic?

Aidsorigins.com mentioned in a post that: The oral polio vaccine (OPV) theory of origin of AIDS proposes that an experimental OPV made in a unique manner was administered to nearly one million ...
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Is "House of Numbers" an AIDS denialist film?

The film House of Numbers has had some quite mainstream backers including (for a brief time) an journalist at the New Humanist magazine. In House of Numbers, an AIDS film like no other, the HIV/...
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Does coconut oil work as an antibiotic and as a treatment for AIDS?

I've heard lots of extraordinary claims about coconut oil, but I've seen very littleresearch to back it up. Most of what I've heard is based on anecdotal evidence, so that's not really convincing. ...
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Do 50% of prostitutes have HIV?

The Prostitution Statistics You Have to Know claims that: 50% of prostitutes throughout the world have contracted the HIV virus (For this statistic it references this BBC news article: The men who ...
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Is HIV a sexually transmitted infection?

In Nancy Padian's 10 year study, none of the over 100 HIV- monogamous partners of HIV+ subjects seroconverted to HIV+ during the study. They were counseled to use condoms, but it is believed that they ...
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Are the chances of contracting HIV from an infected person this low?

I've come across a few resources like this one. In this case they claim: unprotected vaginal intercourse with an HIV-positive man who is chronically infected and not on antiretroviral treatment (...
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Do 62% of gay men diagnosed with AIDS practice unsafe sex?

LifeSiteNews Daily News reported in 2013 that Nearly two-thirds of gay men who know they have AIDS have sex without condoms: CDC report A new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows ...
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Are all HIV tests based on antibody analysis?

I heard the claim that all HIV tests are exclusively based on identification via antibodies. Supposedly, no HIV test that's used on patients works via sequencing the RNA of the virus. Do any AIDS ...
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Does Russia recruit a "large number" of people suffering from HIV and Hepatitis C to fight their current war?

Defence Intelligence of Ukraine, 25 October, 2022: Russia’s Wagner private military company has started mass recruitment of russian prisoners who are suffering from serious infectious diseases such ...
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Koch's postulates for judging if HIV causes AIDS

One of the most prominent proponents of the claim that HIV is not the cause of AIDS, Peter Duesberg claims in a PNAS article from 1989 the following The hypothesis that HIV causes AIDS is ...
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Has PrEP caused a decrease in condom use amongst men who have sex with men?

In this article of the Financial Times, the existence of a sexual health crisis is reported. Here is a statement from the article: But others say condom use has fallen sharply among high-risk groups, ...
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What are the chances of female-to-male HIV transmission during straight sex?

I am really confused about this matter. I've heard a lot of versions from doctors and on internet. To be more specific: A pathologist that claimed to have worked with HIV positive patients for 10 ...
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How high is the risk of contracting HIV from receiving infected organs?

I realise this might seem like a stupid question on the surface, but bear with me. On the back of this article about 5 transplant-patients mistakenly receiving HIV-infected organs in a highly ...
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Is jergon sacha any use against viral infections such as HIV?

I've just been followed on twitter by @Jergon_Sacha who claims that the plant jergon sacha (which appears to be from the genus Dracontium) is Traditionally used for viral infections HIV, AIDS, ...
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Does UAE screen people with HIV/AIDS at the airport?

I recently stumbled upon a post that claims that: For all the people who wish to come to the UAE for vacation or for shopping there's a new rule. Upon arrival at the airport an HIV/AIDS test will ...
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Are HIV positive couples in China denied assisted reproduction methods?

In the following article on Xinhuanet, it is claimed that HIV carriers are not allowed access to assisted reproduction in China. http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/21/c_137762633.htm As ...
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Did UNAIDS and the CDC recommend circumcision for African countries?

In this article in the Israeli daily, Ha'aretz (Hebrew; may be paywalled), Prof' Bentowicz, head of the Center for Tropical Diseases and AIDS in the faculty of Health Science in the Ben-Gurion ...
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What are the chances of female-to-male SOA/STD transmission during straight sex [closed]

SOA (https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seksueel_overdraagbare_aandoening) When a male does intercourse with a female who is infected with SOA (SOA called in Belgium, not sure SOA is STD?). How could/...
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Did the Special Virus-Cancer Program (SVCP) exist?

Rense.com has a 2005 essay describing an AIDS conspiracy theory. In particular, it describes the "Special Virus-Cancer Program": The Virus Cancer Program had it roots in 1964 when Congress provided ...
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