Some people believe that HIV/AIDS was a virus created in labs that was spread by the CIA with the intention of killing blacks and other groups in this racial conspiracy. The disease was reported to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 1981. From that point on, people have drawn connections between the virus and a plot to eradicate blacks. The theories are vast and wide, and some say, easily discounted. But given that the US did, at one point, deliberately spread Syphilis to African Americans and give involuntary sterilizations, some are wondering if the theories have any credence.
Then president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki said that the U.S. government created the disease in their military labs as a biological weapon to be used as subtle warfare against another country. The accusations broadened when Nobel Peace Prize winner and Kenyan ecologist Dr. Wangari Maathai used her international fame to make the same claim about the U.S.’s involvement with the spread of the HIV/AIDS virus. Like Mbeki, Maathi claimed that the virus is a biological weapon that was created to annihilate Africans during her Noble Peace Prize acceptance speech. The disease does affect Africans more than any other continent in the world, adding merit for a more thorough investigation into the matter.
Clinical psychologist Na’im Akbar used the Tuskegee Syphilis experiment as back up to his claim that the government may be in on the spread of HIV/AIDS, especially in the African American community. The Syphilis study was an experiment that used 400 poor black men from Macon County, GA in 1932. The participants were offered free exams, meals and burial insurance. Penicillin turned out to be the cure for this illness, but the scientists on the trial wanted to see how the illness would play out. This move led to the death of the subjects involved. The diseases had even spread to the wives and children of the subjects, leading them to suffer as well. Akbar says that the conspiracy is not being caused by head cases claiming that someone is out to get them, but insists that there could be some truth to these claims.
It seems that perhaps a deeper investigation into the matter is further warranted. With HIV/AIDS infection rates climbing in the black community, African Americans cannot afford to be passive in their fight against these horrible diseases. Additionally, the history of the United States when it comes to voluntarily spreading and infecting people of color gives them little credibility when trying to discount such theories. It may not be a coincidence that black people are more infected by HIV/AIDS than any other group of people in the world.