Pope Benedict XVI, who is on a tour of Africa, said that handing out condoms only increased the problem of HIV/AIDS. He as representative of the Roman Catholic Church says that 1) marital fidelity and 2) sexual abstinence are the best way to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.
No disrespect to the pontiff but the Catholic Church and any other church with this point of view MUST get their heads out of the clouds.
This man of the high cloth is listened to and is emulated all over the world and this is the simpleton advice he has to offer about a disease that is killing millions and millions and millions of people?!
Of course marital fidelity and sexual abstinence are the best way to prevent HIV/AIDS – any 7 year old can tell you that. That is stating the obvious.
But the real problem is that many people across the world are not in monogamous relationships; most people married or not do not have a sexual relationship with only one partner. The facts show that our even our young people ARE having sex! Some of our young people are having sex at ten years or even younger so we HAVE to teach them about safe sex and how to use condoms whether we like it or not. Whether it is offensive of not. Whether it is an ugly fact or not.
The alternative is to say nothing and simply be unsophisticated buffoons with small minds and ignore the truth and wait for an epidemic of HIV/AIDS to destroy our children’s lives. If any of our children are infected the potential for many of our children becoming infected increases. We live in a global society and our children are having sex with other children across economic and racial lines so if one socio-economic or racial group is infected all our children can become infected.
Let’s talk to our children about safe sex — let’s keep all our children safe.
Let’s keep it real, these are facts.
Even adults in short-term monogamous relationships may have had a different sexual partner days, weeks or months prior to their current monogamous relationship. So even if someone isn’t cheating they may have been in relationship with someone prior that may have been exposed to HIV/AIDS or several STDs not so long ago.
Do you know the status of the last ten people your current partner slept with?
Did you go with your partner and both get tested and received a negative result and continue to get tested every 3 months to make sure you are STILL negative?
If not, you better use a condom.
There are people walking around with HIV/AIDS who look healthy and act healthy and KNOW that they are infected who do not tell their partners that they are infected and they spread the disease. Ugly but true.
There are people walking around that DO NOT know that they are infected and they have sexual relationships without condoms and spread the disease. Ugly but true.
Many infected people know that if they are truthful about their status they probably would be rejected so they keep their mouth shut. Ugly but true.
Most of us assume that if a person has HIV/AIDS they would simply be responsible and trustworthy and not have random sexual relationships or would a least tell a potential partner that they are infected and use a condom. What a nice thought.
The Pope is simply wrong about the use of condoms and his statement is a threat to public health globally. The Pope’s opposition to condoms tells me that religious doctrine is more important to him than the lives of human beings. That behavior by the Pope is self-serving and absurd and un-Christian like.
God help us all!