Curriculum scholars must address acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) because of its enormous impact on human lives and because the competing representations of AIDS offer opportunities to redefine, in more exclusive or inclusive terms, what it means to be a citizen, a human, and a sexual being. AIDS curricula also offer lessons about the complexity of knowledge and the limits of commonsense curricular approaches. AIDS is a life-threatening virus transmitted via bodily fluids. AIDS was recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in 1981 but obscured as a gay men's disease until popular culture icons Freddie Mercury of the rock band Queen and basketball legend Magic Johnson became public faces of the disease. Southern Africa is the epicenter of the disease today, with a persistent ...

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