A new study shows that young South Africans who believe in AIDS conspiracy theories, such as the claim that HIV was engineered by scientists, are 50 percent less likely to use condoms, PlusNews reports. Researchers from the AIDS and Society Research Unit at the University of Cape Town surveyed a representative group of more than 3,000 South Africans between ages 20 and 29 in the greater Cape Town area. The research also showed that people who had heard of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), a South African HIV advocacy group, were much less likely to believe in conspiracy theories and were twice as likely to use condoms.

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