Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Condoms, AIDS and Catholics

Once again, the Catholic Church is being berated for opposition of condoms. This time, it is for the spread of AIDS in the Latin America. The people who believe condoms save lives are truly fooling themselves and this quote says it all:
In Latin America the use of condoms has been demonized, but if they were used in every relation I guarantee the epidemic would be resolved in the region
Really? Just like in Africa? The only country that has had any real success at battling AIDS in poor countries it Uganda. They did it by emphasizing fidelity and abstinence. Of course, most people who oppose such things believe humans cannot control themselves and will have sex regardless of the consequences. So, we should throw condoms at the problem.

All this does is create a false sense of security. Condoms don't fix the problem as the UN official claims, they make it worse. It is like throwing gas on the fire. Tell me what is wrong with this message.
-tell people that they should wait to have sex until marriage.
-tell them about the risks of AIDS and other diseases.
-tell them that if you have sex there is always a chance of getting pregnant.
-tell them they will suffer emotionally, spiritually, relationally, and physically.
-then tell them that they can't control themselves and give them condoms.

The fact is that if everyone would be faithful to their spouse and abstain until marriage we would wipe out all STDs in two generations.
We know that condoms fail frequently (12-15% of the time). We also have some studies that show that actively promoting the use of condoms can in fact increase sexual activity outside of marriage. If this is the case, then there is a chance that promoting condoms may actually increase the infection rate (see John RICHENS et al., “Condoms and seat belts: the parallels and lessons”, The Lancet , (no 355; January 29 th , 2000 , pp. 400-403).

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