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John Lauritsen was graduated from Harvard in 1963. He is a writer, retired survey research analyst, gay liberationist, AIDS critic, and freethinker. In 1983 he became concerned that the U.S. Public Health Service was ignoring the connection between drugs and the illnesses grouped together as “AIDS”. With co-author Hank Wilson he wrote a pamphlet, “Poppers & AIDS” (1983), which would later be expanded into a book. His first major AIDS-dissident article, “CDC´s Tables Obscure AIDS-Drugs Connection”, was published in February 1985. Beginning in 1986 he wrote for the New York Native, which in eleven years would publish over fifty of his articles.

His AIDS-dissident books include Death Rush: Poppers [nitrite inhalants] & AIDS (1986), AZT: Poison by Prescription (1990), The AIDS War: Propaganda, Profiteering and Genocide from the Medical-Industrial Complex (1993) and (co-edited with Ian Young) The AIDS Cult: Essays on the gay health crisis (1997). His gay liberation books include The Early Homosexual Rights Movement 1864-1935 (1974) and A Freethinker´s Primer of Male Love (1998).

His personal website is at