Volume 35, Issue 1
COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
|Condoms May Exacerbate Spread Of HIV/AIDS|
would say that this problem of AIDS cannot be overcome with advertising
slogans. If the soul is lacking, if Africans do not help one another,
the scourge cannot be resolved by distributing condoms; quite the
contrary, we risk worsening the problem," said Pope Benedict XVI on his
visit to Cameroon.
Learned and wise people,
specialists in analyzing the deadly plague that is HIV/AIDS, have
jumped to support Benedict XVI and have vowed that his judgment is
sound. One of them is Dr. Edward C. Green, the director of the AIDS
Prevention Research Project at Harvard University, who told the
Catholic News Agency that condoms are actually "exacerbating the
problem" in Africa.
The Harvard scientist noted
that when the AIDS epidemic hit the African continent, the condom
"industry" began to use the spread of the disease to unfurl its
marketing strategy while seeking subsidies for the production and
delivery of condoms. Business had come for the death of potential human
The process in Uganda is very clear to
Green: their people are taught not to be promiscuous. That small
country has been able stem its AIDS infection rate by two-thirds
because it promotes abstinence before marriage and fidelity thereafter.
Green revealed that it is two African countries, Swaziland and
Botswana, which have the highest infection rates in the world but have
begun campaigns to promote fidelity and monogamy.
However, Green is not the only researcher who came to the pope's
defense. Among them is Dr. Norman Hearst, an epidemiologist at the
University of California at San Francisco, who was chosen by the UN
Program on HIV/AIDS to undertake a scientific review to confirm if
condoms had stemmed the advance of the virus. He found, to the
contrary, that it was those regions with the greatest number of condoms
per person, which have the greatest number of cases of this cruel
Author and journalist Clemente Ferrer
has led a distinguished career in Spain in the fields of publicity and
press relations. He is currently President of the European Institute of
Marketing, Communications, and Publicity.
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