Category Archives: Pope

  1. UNAIDS Director Praises Pope’s Condom Shift

    via There could be single cases that can be justified, for instance when a prostitute uses a condom … Pope Benedict XVI’s possible shift on condom use is a “significant and positive step forward,” the head of the United Nations anti-AIDS campaign said, welcoming the potentially historic remark. “This move recognizes that responsible sexual behavior and Read More >>

    condoms, HIV/AIDS policy, Pope, religion, sex work
  2. Catholics and Condoms: Why What the Pope Says Matters

    via The Body, by Jon O’Brien During his 2009 trip to Cameroon, a country with an HIV prevalence rate of over 5%, Pope Benedict XVI made a shocking assertion on condom use to prevent HIV. He told reporters, “You can’t resolve it with the distribution of condoms. On the contrary, it increases the problem.” Read the rest.

    comprehensive sex education, condoms, contraception, culture, efficacy, Europe, HIV transmission, Pope, religion, sexual health
  3. The Pope, Condoms and the Evolution of HIV

    [Enjoy the additional Pope/condom images as light Friday entertainment from IRMA…] From The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Volume 9, Issue 8, Pages 461 – 462, August 2009. Samuel Ponce de Leon, et al. The unjustifiable nature of the Vatican’s opposition to condoms in the face of the spread of HIV has been underlined by many.1 Moreover, the claims Read More >>

    condoms, Pope, resistance, The Lancet
  4. Life is Sacred – Zackie Achmat on the Pope, Condoms , Choice, Freedom and Equality

    by Zackie Achmat, of the Treatment Action Campaign [For fair comment and use, I republish below and in full a blog from a conservative US journal National Review Online on subject of the Pope and Condoms in Africa. I introduce it with a few comments on the Catholic Church. While I never address personal attacks and this Read More >>

    condoms, HIV/AIDS policy, LGBT rights, Pope, sexual behavior, South Africa, Treatment Action Campaign, Zackie Achmat

    Such outrageous comments are not appropriate coming from the highest office in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. 20 March 2009 (Geneva, Switzerland) – Pope Benedict XVI ‘s comments on the role that condoms play in preventing the further spread of HIV are irresponsible and dangerous, says Julio Montaner, President of the International AIDS Society (IAS). On Read More >>

    Africa, condoms, HIV/AIDS policy, IAS, Pope, stigma