Nathan Geffen

Treatment Action Campaign, South Africa (Affiliate)

Research Overview

I research and respond to AIDS denialist claims and unsubstantiated health claims generally. Examples of this include much of the content debunking denialist claims on I am the editor of a website specifically aimed at debunking unproven claims called I frequently need access to journal articles to carry out these tasks effectively.

I also review HIV science articles regularly for HIV Treatment Bulletin and I draft many of the statements by the Treatment Action Campaign. For these tasks I also need access to journal articles.


M.S. Computer Science, University of Cape Town
B.S. Computer Science, University of Cape Town

Featured Publications

Geffen, N. 2010. Debunking Delusions: The Inside Story of the Treatment Action Campaign. Jacana.

Silber, G. and Geffen, N. 2010. On race and crime: A reply to a reply. 28 January 2010.

Geffen, N. The state of HIV in several sub-Saharan African countries: Briefing for African Judges Conference on HIV and the Law. (December 2009)

Geffen, N. 2009. The backlash against HIV funding: Briefing for African Judges Conference on HIV and the Law. (December 2009)

Silber, G. and Geffen, N. 2009. Race, class & violent crime in South Africa: Dispelling the ‘Huntley Thesis’. SA Crime Quarterly 30 (December 2009)

Geffen, N. and Cameron, E. 2009. The deadly hand of denial: Governance and politically-instigated AIDS denialism in South Africa. CSSR Working Paper 257.

Geffen, N. 2009. Beyond HAART: scientists and activists need to work together. Lancet. Oct 31;374(9700):1501.

Geffen, N. 2009. TMC207 reduces time to sputum conversion in phase II trial on patients with drug-resistant TB. HIV Treatment Bulletin, July/August 2009.

Geffen, N. Influenza vaccine effective in HIV-positive adults. HIV Treatment Bulletin. July – August 2009.

Geffen, N. and Clayden, P. 2009. HIV-related medical interventions needed in Southern Africa. HIV Treatment Bulletin South April – June 2009.

Geffen, N. and Collins, S. Assessing the cardiovascular impact of HIV, abacavir, and new signals for lopinavir/r. HIV Treatment Bulletin. May – June 2009.

Geffen, N. and Cameron, E. 2009. The deadly hand of denial: Governance and politically-instigated AIDS denialism in South Africa. CSSR working paper 257.

Geffen, N. 2009. Justice after AIDS denialism: Should there be prosecutions and compensation? J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2009 Aug 1;51(4):454-5.

Auvert et al. Key facts on male circumcision. S Afr Med J. 2009 Mar;99(3):150-1.

Geffen, N. Zethu Cakata, Renay Pillay and Paymon Ebrahimzadeh. 2009. Mobilising gay and lesbian organisations to respond to the political challenges of the South African HIV epidemic. In From Social Science to Social Silence: Same-sex Sexuality, HIV & AIDS and Gender in South Africa. HSRC.

Geffen, N. and Gonsalves, G. 2008. In defence of rational AIDS activism. How the irrationality of Act Up-Paris and others is risking the health of people with HIV or at risk of HIV infection. Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine. Issue 30. Autumn 2008. pp. 12-17.

Geffen, N. 2007. Maternal health and mother-to-child HIV transmission: ongoing crises. Used as part of the documentation at SANAC Civil Society meeting, November 2007. Last accessed 21 March 2008.

Geffen, N. Clayden, P. Berger, J., Gonsalves, G. and Kardas- Nelson , M. 2007. Accessing life-saving medical technologies for HIV. Submission to South African Human Rights Commission and presented at the South African AIDS Conference 2007. Last accessed 6 September 2007.

Geffen, N. 2007. Encouraging deadly choices: AIDS pseudo-science in the media. Centre for Social Science Research, UCT. Last accessed 6 September 2007.

Geffen N. 2006. What do South Africa’s AIDS statistics mean? A TAC briefing paper. 7 August 2006. Last accessed 5 September 2006.

Geffen N., Nattrass N., Gray G. 2006. HIV denialists ignore large gap in the study they cite. Nature 441, 406 (25 May 2006)

Geffen N., Isaacs D., Berger J. 2006. Submission to African Union Peer Review Mechanism. Last accessed 5 September 2006.

Geffen N. 2006. Echoes of Lysenko: State-sponsored pseudo-science in South Africa. Social Dynamics. 31(2), pp. 183-210.

Gallo R, Geffen N, Gonsalves G, Jefferys R, Kuritzkes DR, Mirken B, Moore JP, Safrit JT. 2006. Errors in Celia Farber’s March 2006 article in Harper’s Magazine. Last accessed 11 May 2006. (Authors listed in alphabetical order. Geffen was primary author.)

Geffen N. 2005. Founding Affidavit, TAC v. Rath and Others. Last accessed 5 September 2006.

Nattrass N, Geffen N. 2005. The impact of reduced drug prices on the cost-effectiveness of HAART in South Africa. African Journal of AIDS Research. 4(1). 65-67.

Cameron E., Geffen N. 2005. Witness to AIDS. Tafelberg. (co-authored two chapters) (Winner of the 2006 Sunday Times Alan Paton award for best South African non-fiction book)

Geffen N. 2004. Democracy helps HIV/AIDS advocacy. Harm Reduction News, Summer 2004, 5(2). pp. 10-11. Open Society Institute.

Geffen N. 2004. Rian Malan spreads confusion about AIDS statistics. Last accessed 11 May 2006.

Geffen N. 2003. HIV/AIDS: Making drug patent laws consistent with the right to health. Humanus. 4(1). 79-83.

Nattrass N, Geffen N. 2003. Providing Antiretroviral Treatment for All Who Need it in South Africa. Centre for Social Science Research Working Paper No. 42 , UCT.

Geffen N, Nattrass N, Raubenheimer C. 2003. The Cost of HIV Prevention and Treatment Interventions in South Africa. Centre for Social Science Research Working Paper No. 28, UCT.

Soul City. 2002. AIDS Know the Facts. Soul City. (written by Nathan Geffen – distributed in Sunday Times and City Press)

Geffen N. 2002. Costs and benefits of treatment and prevention strategies. HIV/AIDS, Economics and Governance in South Africa: Key Issues in Understanding Response: A Literature Review, pp. 135-150. Centre for AIDS Research, Development and Evaluation.

Geffen, N. 2001. Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) Response to the International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI) Report: Patent Protection and Access to HIV/AIDS Pharmaceuticals in Sub-Saharan Africa (IIPI, 2000). Last accessed 5 September 2006.

Geffen, N. 2001. Pharmaceutical Patents, Human Rights and the HIV epidemic. Presented to the World Business Council on Sustainable Development.

Geffen, N. 2001. Applying Human Rights to the HIV/AIDS Crisis. Human Rights Dialogue. Series 2, No. 6 (Spring/Summer 2001): Rights and the Struggle for Health.

Geffen, N. 1998. Pattern Recognition and the Nondeterminable Affine Parameter Problem. Computer Science Masters Thesis, UCT Library.

Contact Information
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Cape Town, South Africa