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Sending Sickness

Sending Sickness - Sending Sickness Sorcery Politics and...

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Sending Sickness: Sorcery, Politics, and Changing Concepts of AIDS in Rural Haiti I. Background A. Place: Do Kay- small village in Haiti’s central plateau B. Haiti one of top 20 countries in world affected by AIDS 1) Leading death of people aged 20 to 49 C. First case of AIDS in village was in 1987 D. As early as 1982, Haitian immigrants in Florida and NY showed symptoms of AIDS, although all claimed not to have had homosexual sex or used intravenous drugs E. AIDS outbreak led to economy being in trouble b/c tourism decreased II. Sida- thought to be a city sickness that gives someone bad diarrhea A. Do Kay citizens thought that it was a disease of the blood and that it only affected people in cities and in the US- didn’t think it would ever affect them B. By 1985, became frequent conversation topic in the village -> no longer thought to be a blood disease III. 1987 A. Majority associated sida with diarrhea and TB in adults B. First time someone in village had been diagnosed with the illness- Manno had
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