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The Vatican: Could More Lives Have Been Saved From Aids In Africa With Condoms?

The first case of HIV/AIDS were scientifically diagnosed in the USA and Haiti in the early 80s, many parts of Africa were free from any recorded cases of the disease. However, in little less than two decades, Africa now registers some of the highest rates of infections and the highest per capita citizen living with the condition. The sad fact is that the majority of these infections have occurred at a time when preventative measures have been well known. One such preventative measure is the use of condoms.

However, for most of this time, the Vatican has led a campaign to discourage the use of condoms even in highly infectious area. It even went as far as banning the use of condoms by married couples where one of them is infected. It therefore come as no surprise that some of the countries with the highest rates of infection are populated by Catholics, who compliantly following the directives from the top in one respect but not in another.

Could this crisis have been averted with more humane and decent policies from the top? Certainly. The Vatican is now on the verge of making a reversal to its doctrine about the use of condoms amongst married couple. So much for papal infallibility.

References

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/oct/09/aids

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Not surprising there are more sufferers of AIDs in Africa than most of the "enlightened" world. Religiosity is killing reason in that place and you are clearly a victim. What a shame!

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@ Topic: Re: The Vatican: Could More Lives Have Been Saved From Aids In Africa With Condoms?

More Lives would have been perished in Africa with Condoms, but more could be saved with the Word of GOD

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@MC Usman, sure am a real and good christian. but I hate discrimination, and I like explaining things I know to others. and i believe in question(s). And I also ask question to know what people believe and dis-believe. I am a born again (except a man is born of born Water and Holy Spirit) christian.

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@: May kelly

Are you sure you are a christain ? cos you sure don't sound like one.

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@ ALL

I kept saying this, you Christan rely heavily on the current cultural norms and values that are been propagated by the US and Western Europe.

When they came out with the ideal of Family Planning they were distributing the pills freeing in all hospital. But follopwing the dwindling population of Europe currently dominated by aged categories. They are now advocating and even giving financial incentive for every child you conceived.

The best way of preventing HIV is thro A B C policy and not C B A.

That is the policy ordained by God and that is exactly what Vatican Papi is convening to all.

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Please tell me where he said he's supressing his feeling. He just made a contribution for christ sake, what has that got to do with his way of life. Abeg you guys should try to be a little more objective in your postings joo.

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u can only suppress ur hormones for so long. keep on deceiving urself.

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HI

so u want the catholic church to allow condom in africa abi?? well even in america that encourage condom and all that and speaks little of abstaiinance, there is an increase in stds and that would include aids. so whether u in africa, america, libya etc abstainance is the best remedy to hiv,

http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/i_video/main500251.shtml?id=3928971n?source=search_video

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We Christians are not brain washed by any US and Western Europe, and do not rely on any current cultural norms and values but rather we rely on OUR HOLY BOOK "HOLY BIBLE" and do not accept any policy other than the one recorded in the HOLY BIBLE - 1. Abstainance from illict Sex and 2. Stay only with your partner. (Husband & Wife )

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Tpaine, did it ever occur to you that Chhistianity has the highets population in the world, especially in the countries you mentioned. If HIV is prevalent in these countries, isnt it logical that the religion that would get the highest percentage is the one with the highest population?

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I'm surprised that a researcher like you has not been able to discern the many irregularities in this HIV story.

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I agree with the overall sentiment of your post, but if it is prudent to make a change of doctrine on a live and death issue, why not make that change. What is even more sad is the fact that it is very likely that within out generation, there will be a total reversal on their position with condoms. The Catholic is known for these drips and draps way of addressing important matters. They are very concerned about saving face rather than saving lifes (or souls).

On the matter of statistics, I am prepared to yield to better figures if anyone has them. I also agree that any correlation may also be coincidental. But the anecdoctal evidence amongst infectivity in Kenya, Philipines, Venezuela etc suggest that a great deal of these infection might have been prevented in the locals had better information about contraception and if condoms very not prohibited to them.  In these countries, with a high catholic ethic, typically women have 5 - 8 children inspite of the financial means of the family. Check out the maps below and match up the religions with incidence of Aids;

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Why sould the Church compromise its stand on any issue because it happens to be the cause of distress to people. The case is veeery simple, Abstain from fornication and adultery, then you wont need Condoms, nor will you contact HIV. The church is not against the technology of Condoms, but the main reason behind the use of it.

Besides rumor has it that the reason for the widespread of the virus in HIV, is the white man's plot to wipe away the african race. Even the so called condoms are not to be trusted. And I sincerely agree with that. It would suprise you to know that most of these whites find it difficult to use the Condoms, so why should it suddenly spread in Africa because 'the Catholic church discouraged the use of Condoms'? I seriously doubt your statistics stating that the disease if predominat in Catholic regions who follow the directives of the church, if the diease is dominant in a region, it could be for entirely diffrent reasons of which being predominantly catholics could be a coincidence. Please do not also forget that most people dont use Condoms, not because of the Church's standing on it, but because of their ignorance on the issue. Thanks to the widespread campaign against HIV/AIDs, most people (especially illiterates/villagers) are just getting to know about Condoms.

The vatican is always on the verge of reversing doctrines, including Female priesthood!! It dosent prove any point. Just like any other law, if the canon law needs to be changed, why cant it be chaged without a fuss?

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@tpaine

With this attitude of yours, you will soon be sent on mission to one African country to spread HIV in the interest of the West. I'm sure you will be glad to do just that.

Just like happened in the controversial Libya case --> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIV_trial_in_Libya

So much for the scientific method.

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