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By Leslie Butt, Richard Eves

In Melanesia, charges of HIV an infection are one of the maximum within the Pacific and extending speedily, with grave humanitarian, improvement, and political implications. there's a nice want for social learn on HIV/AIDS within the quarter to supply larger insights into the delicate matters surrounding HIV transmission. This assortment, the 1st ebook on HIV and AIDS within the Pacific zone, gathers jointly wonderful and unique debts of the customarily astounding ways in which humans make experience of the AIDS epidemic in quite a few elements of Melanesia. the quantity addresses important concerns bearing on AIDS and modern sexualities, family members of energy, and moralities - issues that offer a strong backdrop for twenty-first century understandings of the tensions among sexuality, faith, and politics in lots of elements of the realm.

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There, as in many other places, the economic downturn has increased the pool of women willing to exchange sex for money or other favors. 13 It is impossible to think about Christianity in Melanesia without the question of power springing to mind, for this religion has remarkable influence there. In Papua New Guinea, for example, almost 97 percent of the population define themselves as Christian, and the majority of these take their beliefs seriously (though this does not mean that they are always in conformity with them).

Why care about them? People with the HIV virus should not be given any equal rights or protections like law-abiding moral people. HIV virus carriers are carrying the deadly weapon (the virus) and are going to pass it on to others who also act like animals, committing adultery and fornication. They are like criminals who carry unlicensed guns to commit crime on other human beings. They are also like people who drink and drive on the road and risk other innocent drivers and passengers on the road or like an unlicensed driver in control of a vehicle.

In Tari, women have been killed and court cases have ensued following the release of test results. As in Tari, the first confirmed case of HIV infection in the Duna area was identified in 1997. Since then, a small but steady stream of people have been returning home from places such as Port Moresby and Lae to die. More recently, a dozen or so men, women, and children in the Kopiago area have become sick and succumbed to what appear to be AIDS-related illnesses. Again, these were predominantly men who had lived or worked outside the Kopiago area, but since 2004, women and children who have never traveled outside the area have begun showing some of the telltale signs of infection.

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