oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - AIDS - still posing an unanswered question
|Article Title||AIDS - still posing an unanswered question|
|© Publisher:||Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS)|
|Journal||Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies|
|Affiliations||1 Department of Missiology, Unisa|
|Publication Date||Aug 1999|
|Pages||208 - 219|
|Keyword(s)||Biomedicine, Coping-healing, Democratic transformation, Educational campaign, Ethnocentric, Evangelising, Healing, Liberatory dimensions, Medical scientists, Sexual behaviour and Socio-cultural disease|
In this article the author looks at ten years of developments regarding the campaign to prevent the spread of HIV/Aids in Southern Africa and the response of Christian communties to the pandemic. He criticises the biomedical assumptions underlying the official prevention campaign, with its exclusive emphasis on 'safe sex' practices, rather than on socio-cultural factors that would lead to an ethical campaign emphasising patterns, of 'closed' sexual relationships. The latter approach will highlight the urgent need for programmes of sex education.
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