Berlin, the attitude of the Catholic Church which has been much criticized for opposing condom is not in line with efforts to combat HIV / AIDS. Now both of them reach a meeting point for Pope Benedict XVI has finally approved the use of these contraceptives.
Blessing to be given actual condom use not as a means of contraception, but rather specifically for preventing transmission of infections, especially in sex workers.Therefore, the Pope still would recommend to avoid sex behavior.
“Of course this is not a moral solution to the real, because condom use implies a function of sex not as an expression of love. But for the specific purpose of reducing the risk of transmitted infections, condoms can be the first step,” said the Pope as reported by the Telegraph, Sunday (21/11 / 2010).
Pope’s statement that changes the outlook of the church towards condoms was revealed in an interview with a German journalist Peter Seewald recently. The interview was later published in a book called “Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times”.
A UN agency for the AIDS response, UNAIDS welcomes the positive attitude of the Pope. Through a spokesperson, UNAIDS rate it as a form of the Vatican’s support to efforts to reduce sexually transmitted infections.
“This is a significant and positive progress. With this attitude, the Vatican recognizes that responsible sexual behavior and condom use plays an important role in the prevention of HIV / AIDS,” said executive director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe.
During this time, Pope Benedict XVI has often been criticized because it always opposes contraception, including condoms. Like during a visit to Cameroon last year, he said the condom it will cause new health problems and not much help control the virus.
Kritikpun came not only from activists, but also the politicians in Europe. British foreign ministry had asked the Pope launched a condom under the brand “Benedict” while Dutch distribute at least 2,000 packs of condoms with a picture of the Pope.
In addition as a means of contraception, particularly condoms made from latex proved to be effective to provide protection or protection against various infectious and contagious. Among these are HIV, gonorrhea (gonorrhea), chlamydia and syphilis (lion king).
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