Friday, October 28, 2016

The HIV Patient o

I was reading about the origin of the patient zero myth of HIV. Apparently, someone misinterpreted it to prove he was not patient zero. On Twitter, so many people wrote that he had been exonerated.

Has it? I will not write for or against homosexuality. I am writing about the prevalence of myths after they have been disproven. Superstition is one way, but wive's tales are another. While peer review exonerated Dugas, the general public will not think too much of this story, because they heard it was true.

I wish there were a better way, as a doctoral student, to get stories from academic articles to the general public. Many discount the news today due to the clickbaity stuff. Thus, few believe why they say. Folklore is different than academic studies in that folklore is stronger.