chapter  7
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An Ethics of Compassion, a Language of Division: Working out the AIDS Metaphors

Each new issue in medical ethics produces a near avalanche o f jo u rn a l articles, new spaper editorials, and television appearances by medical ethics specialists, replete with detailed argum ents about the right and w rong way to think as well as to act. This hasn’t happened with AIDS. T here has been much scien­ tific writing and considerable editorial page pontificating, but, until very re ­ cently, not much serious ethical analysis, especially from the bioethics com ­ m unity .1 This reluctance suggests the thorny natu re o f the ethical problem s related to AIDS, particularly those concerning justice and fairness.