The Church & AIDS in Africa

Condoms & the Culture of Life

As a young physician, I often second-guess myself. In practicing medicine such self-criticism is warranted, even obligatory, because a wrong diagnosis can lead to misguided therapy and may end in death. After working at a Catholic hospital in the small sub-Saharan country of Swaziland, however, there is one diagnosis I pronounce with uncharacteristic certitude: AIDS.

The typical patient is a young woman between eighteen and thirty years of...

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About the Author

Marcella Alsan, MD, is a physician in the Hiatt Global Health Equity Residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston.