5 THOUGHTS ON WHY THE CONDOM WON’T STOP HIV/AIDS IN AFRICA
1. On March 17, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI, at a press conference on his way to Africa, was asked by a journalist what his views on the condom were. The pope said, “The AIDS epidemic in Africa cannot be overcome by the distribution of condoms: on the contrary, they increase it!” This caused much controversy. Was the pope right?
2. In determining the right facts, Christianity Today interviewed liberal Edward Green, one of the world’s leading field researchers on the spread of HIV and public health interventions. He is director of Harvard AIDS Prevention Research Project. He says: The best evidence supports the pope’s comments. There is NO evidence at ALL that condoms have worked as a public health intervention intended to reduce HIV infections at the level of population.
3. The condom use to decrease HIV cases has failed. These findings have been reported since 2004. Check out “The Lancet,” “British Medical Journal” and even “Studies in Family Planning.”
Expert Edward Green recommended fidelity instead of condoms in Africa even in 1998.
4. While the pope exhorts against the use of condoms, he also exhorts to avoid fornication, PMS, homosexual sex, and extra-marital sex. The pope said that by distributing more condoms, Africans feel more safe, so will have more sex.
5. Catholic Uganda didn’t use condoms but used chastity in 1992, despite UN funding, media bombardment and the like. Chaste Uganda reduced HIV by 30%, an ideal for all other countries in Africa. Unfortunately, there’s now a 6% increase in HIV and AIDS because foreign orgs are pushing condoms and contraception.