Ethical Considerations on Health Policy Making for Vulnerable People: Focused on HIV/AIDS Patients

  • Kyongjin Ahn
  • Hyuna Bae

Abstract

AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is the greatest threat to health in the world. However, AIDS is not only related to health issues but also to social, economic and justice issues. The HIV/AIDS epidemic, which raised many ethical and moral question is a global issue. Even though AIDS is an important global issue, it has not been discussed in the public because there are still many unfair social stigmas attached to HIV/AIDS. The purpose of this paper is to address the seriousness of HIV/AIDS in social context and to reconsider how false perceptions of HIV/AIDS result in social stigma. Also we will examine the theoretical foundations that can help to solve the HIV/AIDS issue centered on human rights. To motivate practical action among people on the global HIV/AIDS issue, examination of our moral and ethical obligations to others who are needy and vulnerable is necessary. This kind of work will help to solve the question of how we can change the social discourse on HIV/AIDS and to make better heath policy for vulnerable group.

Author Biographies

Kyongjin Ahn

Doctoral Student, Bioethics Policy Studies, Ewha Womans University

Hyuna Bae

AdjunctProfessor,CollegeofLaw,EwhaWomansUniversity

Published
2009-09-30
Section
Independent Articles