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South African leaders come under pressure to admit HIV/AIDS link

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7263.722/a (Published 23 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:722
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    The South African government has run into further difficulties over its attitude towards the HIV and AIDS epidemic and its refusal to admit that HIV leads to AIDS.

    The health minister, Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, recently circulated among her officials a chapter from a book that suggested that AIDS had been started by a world conspiracy of the “Illuminati”—a fictitious group, supposedly made up of Jews, bankers, and communists. It was then revealed …

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