Seth Kalichman

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Seth C. Kalichman is a clinical community psychologist and professor of social psychology at the University of Connecticut, who researches HIV/AIDS prevention and care.

Kalichman is the director of the Southeast HIV/AIDS Research & Education Project in Atlanta, Georgia and Cape Town, South Africa, the editor of the journal AIDS and Behavior and the author of Denying AIDS: Conspiracy Theories, Pseudoscience, and Human Tragedy, an examination of HIV/AIDS denialism.[1][2][3][4] Royalties from the book fund antiretroviral drugs for people with HIV/AIDS in Africa.[3]

Kalichman spent a year infiltrating HIV denialist groups. He argues that denialism is often a coping strategy, and that followers are often anti-government, anti-establishment, and prone to cognitive distortions; he says that leaders in denialism exhibit paranoid personality disorder.[3][5] He began researching denialism after reading the work of Nicoli Nattrass.[3]

He is the developer of the Sexual Compulsivity Scale.[6]


  1. ^ Lemelle, Anthony (September 2009). "Seth Kalichman, Denying AIDS: Conspiracy Theories, Pseudoscience, and Human Tragedy". Journal of African American Studies (Springer New York) 13 (3): 361–364. doi:10.1007/s12111-009-9098-1. ISSN 1936-4741. 
  2. ^ Moore, John P. (14 May 2009). "The dangers of denying HIV". Nature 459 (7244): 168. Bibcode:2009Natur.459..168M. doi:10.1038/459168a. 
  3. ^ a b c d Wortman, James (3 August 2009). "Debunking the "Beehive" of AIDS Denialism". POZ. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Palmquist, Matt (3 November 2009). "Looking Back In Anger". Miller-McCune. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  5. ^ MacKenzie, Deborah (19 May 2010). "Living in denial: Why sensible people reject the truth". New Scientist. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Seth C. Kalichman; David Rompa. "The Sexual Compulsivity Scale:Further Development and Use With HIV-Positive Persons".

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