Some people often ignore the fact that writers respond to the HIV&AIDS pandemic by using it as a theme in their poetry, fiction, and plays. Steve Chimombo started recording the writers’ responses as early as 1990 and wrote ‘AIDS and the Writer’ in WASI: the magazine for the arts. The article reported the results of a poetry competition organized by the Ministry of Health on the theme, and there have been other competitions also by different institutions since then. Some radio and television programs have also called upon the writer to help in the dissemination of information to their listeners. The Hyena Wears Darkness is the author’s own contribution to the national Malawian campaign to educate the public on the pandemic. Its focus is on those cultural practices which help propagate HIV/AIDS in Malawian society.