Twenty-nine percent of blacks questioned in a recent poll said they believe or think it is possible that the U.S. government created the AIDS virus in a laboratory to infect black people, The New York Times said Monday.

Only five percent of the white people who answered the question feel it could be or is true and 83 percent of all respondents said it is almost certainly not true, the paper said.The Times said the survey showed that many blacks feel that the availability of drugs in their neighborhoods, as well as prosecution of black politicians, also are signs of a racist campaign by the government.

The article cited an interview with Keith Brown, a black man whose brother died of AIDS believing that his death was caused by racists.

Brown said the theory is based on historical biases created during slavery and by looking at statistics of who is suffering with the disease the most.