Pope Benedict XVI took a small, but critical, step in the right direction by acknowledging in a recent interview that condoms reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Other Roman Catholic leaders, including African bishops and aid workers in Africa, have urged the Vatican to condone condom use for HIV/AIDS prevention.
“Scientific research demonstrates that condoms are an effective and important tool in the worldwide fight against HIV/AIDS, as well as other sexually transmitted infections. That is why Planned Parenthood and its partners work every day, in countries around the world, to educate individuals about the risks of HIV/AIDS and help them protect themselves from infection. It is time that all world leaders, both religious and secular, embrace evidence-based solutions to addressing the HIV/AIDS crisis include increasing access to and promoting the use of condoms, especially in parts of the world where access to health care is extremely limited.”
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With more than 700 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.
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May 14, 2014