[ExI] Medical journal says Pope full of shit

Dave Sill sparge at gmail.com
Fri Mar 27 19:30:24 UTC 2009

On Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 11:32 AM, John K Clark <jonkc at bellsouth.net> wrote:
> During his first visit to Africa, the Pope told reporters that AIDS is a
> problem that "cannot be overcome by the distribution of condoms; on the
> contrary, they increase it."

That's clearly bullshit, and I'm glad he got called on it.

> The Church teaches that fidelity within heterosexual marriage and abstinence
> are the best ways to stop AIDS.

That sounds reasonable.

> The Vatican also says condoms can lead to
> risky behaviour but many contest that view.

It seems pretty obvious that if condoms can prevent AIDS that they
will be used to engage in "risky behaviour", presumably to diminish

> Health experts say there is no scientific evidence showing that condom use
> spurs people to take more sexual risks and in fact studies show that condom
> use reduces the risk of acquiring HIV infection.

I'd say that having intercourse with someone who has AIDS is "risky
behaviour" even if a condom is being used. Just because condoms *can*
prevent AIDS doesn't mean they *will* prevent AIDS *every* time.
Condoms do break.


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