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John Lauritsen


Writer, Publisher, Survey Research Analyst.

A selection of articles:



Analysis of the Spitzig Report

*Poison By Prescription*

Fraudulent drug testing

Peter Duesberg interview

Analysis of the Spitzig Report

*Poison By Prescription*

Latex Lunacy

AIDS, Africa & Racism

Incompetence in AIDS Epidemiology

Kangaroo Court Etiology – 3 part article

In Defence of AIDS Critics
Article by John Lauritsen in Gay & Lesbian Humanist magazine Volume 28, Number 3, May 2010

Poison By Prescription: The AZT Story* (1990) (PDF Book)

“FDA Documents Show Fraud In AZT Trials”, (chapter XXIX in ‘The AIDS War’)

AB Harvard 1963.

Beginning in 1966, John Lauritsen established a career as a market research executive and analyst. But he also has been a gay activist and scholar since the earliest days of the gay liberation movement.

In the summer of 1969 he joined the Gay Liberation Front, and edited Come Out!, the first publication of the post-Stonewall gay movement. He joined the Gay Activists Alliance in 1974, and served as Delegate-At-Large. And in the same year he joined the Gay Academic Union, of which he later became a National Director. He was a member of the Columbia University Seminar on Homosexualities.

With the advent of the gay health crisis in the early 80s, Lauritsen became an investigative journalist and a leading “AIDS critic” (one who rejects the official AIDS model, including the HIV-Causes-AIDS hypothesis). His main outlet was the New York Native, which from 1985 to 1996 published over 50 of his articles. These articles have been described by the leading science and medical correspondent of the Sunday Times (London) as “the most trenchantly informative, irreverent, funny and tragic writing of the Aids years” (Neville Hodgkinson, Aids: The Failure of Contemporary Science, London 1996).

In addition to the Native, John Lauritsen’s articles have appeared in publications as diverse as Gay Books Bulletin, Gay Times (London), Civil Liberties Review, The Freethinker (London), Journal of Homosexuality, Christopher Street, Gay & Lesbian Humanist, Gay & Lesbian Review, Bio/Technology, and The Lancet. His writings have been translated into German, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian.


(Co-authored with David Thorstad) The Early Homosexual Rights Movement (1864-1935) (New York 1974; Second Revised Edition, Ojai, California 1995). This seminal work, continuously in print since 1974, uncovered the forgotten history of the gay movement of the 19th and the early 20th century.

(Editor) John Addington Symonds, Male Love: A Problem in Greek Ethics and other writings (New York 1983).

(Co-authored with Hank Wilson) Death Rush: Poppers [Nitrite Inhalants] and AIDS (New York 1986).

Poison By Prescription: The AZT Story (New York 1990).

The AIDS War: Propaganda, Profiteering and Genocide from the Medical-Industrial Complex (New York 1993).

(Co-edited with Ian Young) The AIDS Cult: Essays on the gay health crisis (Provincetown 1997).

A Freethinker’s Primer of Male Love (Provincetown 1998).

(Editor) Plato: The Banquet translated by Percy Bysshe Shelley (Provincetown 2001).

Work in progress: The Man Who Wrote Frankenstein. Scheduled for publication in 2007, this book will argue that the true author of Frankenstein was Percy Bysshe Shelley, not his second wife, Mary.

Lauritsen now lives in Dorchester (part of Boston), Massachusetts.

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