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Making Sense of AIDSCulture, Sexuality, and Power in Melanesia$
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Leslie Butt and Richard Eves

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831936

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831936.001.0001

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Fear and Loathing in Papua New Guinea

Fear and Loathing in Papua New Guinea

Sexual Health in a Nation under Siege

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Making Sense of AIDS

Lawrence J. Hammar

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter explores the medical consequences to people when belief systems disallow discussions of sexual desire, and the public health consequences of misapplied concepts of risk. Without the churches, health care in Papua New Guinea would be in a far worse situation; Christian churches deliver more than half of all health services and train thousands of health personnel. However, Catholic missions, which administer half of the church-run health facilities, discourage the promotion and use of condoms. Some Baptist missions even refuse to accept supplies for their health services that contain condoms. Indeed, expired condoms were found in health facilities, and in each place, religious objections were put forward—that AIDS was a curse from God, that condoms promoted adultery, and that STIs were the proper wages of sin.

Keywords:   belief systems, sexual desire, Catholic missions, Baptist missions, condoms, AIDS, adultery, STI

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