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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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“You Have to Understand: Some of Us Are Glad AIDS Has Arrived”

“You Have to Understand: Some of Us Are Glad AIDS Has Arrived”

Christianity and Condoms among the Huli, Papua New Guinea

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Making Sense of AIDS

Holly Wardlow

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines how some community leaders in Tari, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea endorse the view that HIV infection is the result of sin and that a cure is possible through penitence and an appeal to God for His direct intervention. Indeed, they asserted that the arrival of AIDS in Tari was a good thing, since the threat of death and stigma might spur people to finally become good Christians, a goal they feared was rapidly receding. This view had arisen from the increasing immorality they saw in the community, such as the recent rise in public drunkenness, the spread of small locally owned video houses that screened “blue movies,” the intensification of transactional sex, and the upsurge in theft of all kinds.

Keywords:   Tari, HIV infection, sin, penitence, Christianity, immorality

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