Gay Wednesday IV – Pope Claims that Condoms in Africa will make HIV worse

March 18, 2009 at 5:55 pm | Posted in LGBT | 1 Comment

I know that HIV is not strictly a Gay Issue, in Africa or anywhere else. But I’m including this story in Gay Wednesday because of the ongoing conflict between the Vatican and LGBT + PFLAG + the sane.

Vatican defends pope on condom rejection:

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — The Vatican defended Pope Benedict XVI’s rejection of condoms as a way to stop HIV after international criticism Wednesday that he was weakening the fight against the disease.

France and Germany sharply critiqued Benedict’s declaration that distributing condoms “increases” the AIDS problem. The French foreign ministry said the statement could “endanger public health policies and the imperative to protect human life.”

Two German ministers said on Benedict’s first full day as pope in Africa, a continent ravaged by HIV, that it was irresponsible to reject condoms. The U.N. agency charged with fighting AIDS also spoke out in favor of condom use.

Benedict told reporters on his flight Tuesday to Cameroon that a responsible and moral attitude toward sex would help fight the disease.


  • Dan Savage @ The Stranger: Pope to Africans: Drop Dead Remember, kids, there is no morality without religion—and what could be more moral than traveling to the continent hardest hit by AIDS and encouraging your followers to regard condoms as a threat.
  • Joe My God: On the way to sub-Saharan Africa, the most AIDS-ravaged place on the planet, the Pope is telling people that condom use increases the spread of AIDS. How many of Africa’s 130 million Catholics will die because of this Pope?
  • TOWLEROAD How does the Catholic Church dare call itself “pro-life”?
  • Canadian Cynic

    You’ll forgive me if I think it’s just the tiniest bit presumptuous for a celibate man in drag to be handing out advice on condoms. I’m just sayin’.

    Yours in endless, disdainful giggles,

    P.S. Is it just me or does he have the squirreliest eyes? I don’t think it’s just me.

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  1. First the references.
    UNAIDS. 2004 Report on the global AIDS epidemic, page.72
    Preferred sources of condoms among young men in Kampal, Uganda. KamyM, Kapiriri L, Kamy S, Biryabarema C, Kajubi P, Hearst N, McFarland W, International Conference on AIDS.

    Now the analysis.
    In 1995, sexually experienced teenage men ages 15-17 had a sexual activity rate of 33%. In 1995 the 18 and 19 year-old men who were sexually experienced had a sexual activity rate of 58%. Then the barriers to condom use were lowered. Perhaps co-incidentally, the rates of sexual activity among sexually experienced teenagers rose to 120% or 125% of the pre-intervention levels.

    The only group that benefited from the lowered barriers was married women and men, who used condoms more, but that may have been because the proportion of married men with MULTIPLE PARTNERS increased among some age groups.

    Now the conclusion.
    The pope was not only telling the truth about what he believed, he was right.

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