Author(s): Russell SL, Katz RV, Wang MQ, Lee R, Green BL, , Russell SL, Katz RV, Wang MQ, Lee R, Green BL,
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Abstract PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine whether a belief in the AIDS origin conspiracy theory is related to likelihood or fear of participation in research studies. METHODS: The Tuskegee Legacy Project Questionnaire was administered via random-digit-dialed telephone interview to black, white, and Hispanic participants in 4 cities in 1999 and 2000 (n = 1,133) and in 3 cities in 2003 (n = 1,162). RESULTS: In 1999, 27.8\% of blacks, 23.6\% of Hispanics, and 8\% of whites (P ≤ .001) reported that it was "very or somewhat likely" that AIDS is "the result of a government plan to intentionally kill a certain group of people by genocide." In 2003, 34.1\% of blacks, 21.9\% of Hispanics, and 8.4\% of whites (P ≤ .001) reported the same. CONCLUSIONS: Whereas blacks and Hispanics were more than 3 times more likely than whites to believe in this AIDS origin conspiracy theory, holding this belief was not associated with a decreased likelihood of participation in, or increased fear of participation in, biomedical research.
This article was published in HIV Clin Trials
and referenced in Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research