Monday, March 30, 2009

MythBusters...Safe sex, condoms, AIDS prevention and other 21st century myths

Last week Pope Benedict XVI’s recent comment on the African AIDS crisis caused a bit of controversy. The Pope said that condoms are not the solution to the problem of AIDS in Africa. Instead he praised fidelity and abstinence as the only true way to combat AIDS.

There's a nice little write up about the topic over at MercatorNet. Here is what Dr Edward C. Green, a Harvard expert on AIDS prevention, had to say about it.

Dr Edward C. Green, told MercatorNet bluntly: "the Pope is actually correct". Dr Green is no lightweight in the field of AIDS research. He is the author of five books and over 250 peer-reviewed articles -- and, he added, he is an agnostic, not a Catholic.

The not-enough-condoms explanation of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic is driven "not by evidence, but by ideology, stereotypes, and false assumptions," Dr Green wrote last year in the journal First Things. And myths kill: "they result in efforts that are at best ineffective and at worst harmful, while the AIDS epidemic continues to spread and exact a devastating toll in human lives".

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A selection of dumb comments from Susie O'Brien of the Herald Sun.

Prominent Ugandan AIDS activist Martin Ssempa thanked Pope Benedict for saying that condoms can exacerbate the problem of HIV/AIDS

Jonathan Clayton from “The Australian” has accused John Paul II of worsening the African AIDS crisis through the church's ban on the use of condoms


Lisa~ said...

Baby steps twowards the right direction... at least we arent standing still.

Secular Heretic said...

Eventually the truth comes out. Sometimes it just takes a while especially if the media has an agenda to promote promiscuity.