Tuesday, 23 Oct, 2007 Health & Fitness

AIDS to Spread Faster with Catholic Condom Ban


Latin America is at danger of having the epidemic of AIDS due to the current policy of Roman Catholic Church that discourages the use of condoms, UN officials reported.

As much as 1.7 million people in Latin America countries already are infected with HIV virus causing AIDS and this tendency is growing with 410.000 new cases last year, UNAids programme officials say.

Due to the principles of Catholic Church exerting its influence in Latin America, contraception, including the use of condoms is not favored. In order to avoid AIDS spreading, Catholic Church supports abstinence programs.

Alberto Stella, the UNAids Coordinator for Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica said that the authoritative position of Catholic Church with condom ban is making situation even worse. Youngsters start their sex lives at age 15 to 19 and they have no proper sex education programs to warn of the STI's including AIDS.

Many programs already showed that abstinence is not effective in modern society and Church principles to abstain from sex before marriage together with the contraception ban contributes to the spread of AIDS. With more than 1 billion Catholics living in Latin America this tendency becomes even more frightening.

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