The Press and the Press Release: Inventing the Crystal Meth-HIV Connection

Network Node: 
Wed., Feb. 5, 2014, 4:00pm

The national Situating Science project and partners are pleased to launch: 

The Lives of Evidence
A multi-part national lecture series examining the cultural, ethical, political, and scientific role of evidence in our world.

Part 1:
The Press and the Press Release: Inventing the Crystal Meth-HIV Connection

Cindy Patton, Canada Research Chair in Community, Culture, and Health
Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University
Wednesday, February 5 2014, 4 PM CST
Room 18, Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan,
25 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

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What does the rise and fall of a scientific fact look like? In her analysis of the Crystal Meth-AIDS superbug connection in US media coverage, Dr. Patton explores scientific evidence as it circulates through the lab, the media, and society. Scientific studies, expertise, and anecdotal human-interest stories are used to “prove” a causal relationship between the (probably temporary) rise in crystal use and a (less than clear) rise in HIV rates. But far from helping to avoid hasty and ill-conceived policy in a moment of panic, the media coverage justifies something more problematic: discrimination and medical policing that appear to rest on scientific proof.  


Department of History, University of Saskatchewan
Canada Research Chair in History of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Reprise of:
University of British Columbia February 3, 2014 4pm