Do You Think the CIA Infected African Americans With HIV? You’re Not Alone

Do You Think the CIA Infected African Americans With HIV? You’re Not Alone

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A participant in Baltimore's needle exchange program holds a handful of used needles. (Photo: Ted Mathias, AP)
A participant in Baltimore’s needle exchange program holds a handful of used needles. (Photo: Ted Mathias, AP)

Half of all Americans believe in that, or one of five other medical conspiracy theories.

About half of the grownup population in the U.S. believes at least one medical conspiracy theory, a new survey from the University of Chicago shows.

In the study, 1,351 adults were asked about whether they had heard of, and agreed or disagreed with, six popular medical conspiracy theories, such as those that hold that U.S. regulators prevent people from getting natural cures, that the U.S. government knows cell phones cause cancer but does nothing about it, and that the CIA infected a large number of African Americans with HIV.

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