Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Hard Truths About Condoms

"The numerous campaigns that invite people to use the condom indiscriminately... have increased the possibility of infection," writes L'Osservatore Romano's Father Juan Perez-Soba — Vatican newspaper article says condom campaigns increase AIDS risk. "To present the condom as a solution to the problem is a grave error; to choose it simply as a habitual practice is to show a lack of responsibility in regard to the other person."

Pope Ratzinger said as much a few years ago, and Dr. Edward C. Green, director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, agreed, saying that "in truth, current empirical evidence supports him" — The Pope May Be Right.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Many, many years ago I volunteered at an AIDS treatment center in Oakland, California. My supervisor (a Marxist lesbian feminist) once told me that the emphasis on condom usage was a waste of time. Given the failure-rate of condom usage, encouraging their use was like having people play Russian roulette.

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Blogger The Western Confucian said...

If a Marxist lesbian feminist can see the light, there's hope.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

One thing I would say in her favor: when it came to AIDS prevention, she was a hard-eyed realist. Not one jot of pc-bs. She knew what was happening and what the problems were. I remember at one point, when there was a public movement to reopen the bath-houses in San Francisco, she was interviewed by a local alternate newspaper about what she thought of the proposal. Her response: "Just take people out and shot them. It will be quicker." The newspaper, it goes without saying, didn't publish her comments.

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