The Pope and AIDS

The Pope and AIDS

Arnold Jago

The Pope's recent statement that 'condoms won't stop AIDS' was made in Cameroon on 19 March. That would not be a coincidence.

In the 1990s Cameroon had a big condom-promotion campaign, with condom sales boosted from six million per year to 15 million between 1993 and 2000. During those years, the HIV/AIDS infection rate in Cameroon more than doubled.

Condom-promoters sometimes attack Catholic opposition to condoms as 'an obstacle to disease prevention.' However, the facts suggest otherwise. Swaziland, with Africa's highest HIV/AIDS infection rate - over 33 percent - is five percent Catholic. Uganda, with a 5 percent HIV/AIDS rate, is 43 percent Catholic. If all the citizens of any country were to live by Catholic moral teachings the AIDS rate would soon fall to zero.

ARNOLD JAGO (DR)
Mildura, Vic

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