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Thesis Workshop #2

Posted OnNovember 9, 2017 12:09

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1st version: The AIDS/HIV crisis was a shock to the whole world, however the reactions to it varied for each region. These differences are even evident in the historic AIDS Quilt, where the raw reactions of people from different backgrounds are showcased. This paper focuses on the effect the cultural values of Greece, Uganda, and Brazil had on the stigmas, attitudes, and policies surrounding AIDS/HIV in those countries. By studying these effects, one can realize the importance of taking culture into consideration when evaluating the responses to this tragedy in any nation.

2nd version: The historic AIDS Quilt documents the raw reactions to AIDS/HIV of people from different cultural and national backgrounds. For example, in the panel of Patrick Gregory, the heavy influence of Greek culture is evident in the values represented by the panel. This paper analyzes the effect the cultural values of Greece, Uganda, and Brazil had on the stigmas, attitudes, and policies surrounding AIDS/HIV in those countries. By studying these effects, one can realize the importance of taking culture into consideration when evaluating the responses to this tragedy in any nation.

3rd version: The historic AIDS Quilt documents the raw reactions to AIDS/HIV of people from different cultural and national backgrounds. For example, the panel of Patrick Gregory includes references to  Greek culture, characters from Ancient Greek mythology, and writing in Ancient Greek. The values and reactions represented in his panel correlate to the cultural values of Greece, proving that the relationship between culture and AIDS is a topic worth investigating. This paper analyzes the effect the cultural values of Greece, Uganda, and Brazil had on the stigmas, attitudes, and policies surrounding AIDS/HIV in those countries. By studying these effects, one can realize the importance of taking culture into consideration when evaluating the responses to this tragedy in any nation.

4th version: The historic AIDS Quilt documents the raw reactions to AIDS/HIV of people from different cultural and national backgrounds. For example, in the panel of Patrick Gregory, the presence of a Greek background is quite evident. The panel includes characters from Ancient Greek mythology, such as Hermes and the Muses, a sixty-word story about a “young Olympian” written in Ancient Greek, and references to the island of Lesbos, Greece. In the first part of the paper, I will discuss the values of Greek culture and correlate them to the reactions represented in the panel in order to prove that the relationship between culture and AIDS is a topic worth investigating. The next part of the paper will analyze the cultural values of Uganda and the effects they had on the stigmas, negative attitudes, and conservative policies surrounding AIDS/HIV. The third part of the paper will analyze the culture of Brazil and discuss how it might have influenced the nation’s policies on AIDS/HIV prevention program, which is regarded the most successful among all the developing countries. By realizing the effect that a nation’s culture can have on its reactions to the AIDS crisis, one can understand that there is no universal approach to fighting AIDS/HIV. There has been much disregard to this this relationship on the international scene, leading to delayed responses by the UN and excessive criticism from Western nations towards developing nations.

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