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AIDS: Globalization and Its Discontents

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HIV/AIDS has changed from a disease of white gay men in the United States to a pandemic that largely involves women and dependent children in developing countries. Many theologies of disease are necessary to cope with the variety of expressions of this pandemic. Christian theoethical reflection on HIV/AIDS has been largely focused on sexual ethics, with uneven and mainly unhelpful results. Among the ethical issues that shape future useful conversations are globalized economics and resource sharing, the morality and economics of the pharmaceutical industry, and the need for sex education and access to reproductive choice. Considering such issues in international, interreligious, multiscientific contexts is a concrete next step for the religion-and-science dialogue. It will put the powerful tools of both fields to the service of the common good.
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Keywords: HIV/AIDS; globalization; religious pluralism; reproductive health care; sexual ethics; theo-ethical questions; theologies of disease; transgender persons

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER), Silver Spring

Publication date: 2004-06-01

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