Still, the reassessment on condom use to help prevent disease carries profound significance, particularly in Africa where AIDS is rampant. AIDS officials announced that the number of new HIV cases has fallen significantly – thanks to condom use – and a U. medical journal published a study showing that a daily pill could help prevent spread of the virus among gay men. a major milestone,” said Mitchell Warren, head of the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition.
“By acknowledging that condoms help prevent the spread of HIV between people in sexual relationships, the pope has completely changed the Catholic discussion on condoms,” said Martin, a liberal-leaning author of several books about spirituality and Catholic teaching. Theologians have debated for years whether it could be morally acceptable for HIV-infected people to use condoms to avoid infecting their partners.
According to the National Male Circumcision Strategy and Implementation 2010 - 2020 Plan, 2.5 milllion males have been targeted before 2020.
However, what is worrying is that information filtering about circumcision is one that has been received with misconception especially amongst the youths and school pupils in particular.
Heterosexual transmission of HIV and multiple, heterosexual partners are believed to be the major cause of the high infection rates.
Benedict drew harsh criticism when, en route to Africa in 2009, he told reporters that the AIDS problem couldn’t be resolved by distributing condoms.
“On the contrary, it increases the problem,” he said then.
In Africa on Tuesday, AIDS activists, clerics and ordinary Africans applauded the pope’s revised comments.
However, questions arose immediately about the pope’s intent because the Italian translation of the book used the feminine for prostitute, whereas the original German used the masculine. Federico Lombardi, told reporters Tuesday that he asked the pope whether he intended his comments to apply only to men.
For all the poorly thought out chit-chat and media hoo-hah about circumcision, the real magic bullet against HIV-AIDS is the same as it has always been: restraint, fidelity, safe-sex and condom use.
Or as the old saying goes, If you can't be good be careful.
For many years the struggle against HIV-AIDS, particularly in poor countries, has been weakened by the stance of the Catholic Church against the use of condoms.
The basis for the ban is that they are a form of birth control, prohibited since the 13th Century on the word of the theologian Thomas Aquinas.