Question by Punter – [email protected]: Why there are unholy holes in holy condoms (according to Vatican Pope)?
Vatican Pope: condoms don’t stop Aids
Steve Bradshaw Thursday October 9, 2003 The Guardian
The Catholic Church is telling people in countries stricken by Aids not to use condoms because they have tiny holes in them through which HIV can pass – potentially exposing thousands of people to risk. The church is making the claims across four continents despite a widespread scientific consensus that condoms are impermeable to HIV. A senior Vatican spokesman backs the claims about permeable condoms, despite assurances by the World Health Organisation that they are untrue. The church’s claims are revealed in a BBC1 Panorama programme, Sex and the Holy City, to be broadcast on Sunday. The president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, told the programme: “The Aids virus is roughly 450 times smaller than the spermatozoon. The spermatozoon can easily pass through the ‘net’ that is formed
Scientific research by a group including the US National Institutes of Health and the WHO found “intact condoms… are essentially impermeable to particles the size of STD pathogens including the smallest sexually transmitted virus… condoms provide a highly effective barrier to transmission of particles of similar size to those of the smallest STD viruses”.
The Vatican’s Cardinal Trujillo said: “They are wrong about that… this is an easily recognisable fact.”
The church opposes any kind of contraception because it claims it breaks the link between sex and procreation – a position Pope John Paul II has fought to defend.
In Kenya – where an estimated 20% of people have HIV – the church condemns condoms for promoting promiscuity and repeats the claim about permeability. The archbishop of Nairobi, Raphael Ndingi Nzeki, said: “Aids… has grown so fast because of the availability of condoms.”
Sex and the Holy City includes a Catholic nun advising her HIV-infected choirma
Answer by mathaowny
That’s horrible! The Pope is letting people spread disease and death simply because he’s against birth control? How sick can people get? I’ve been using condoms for 3 years (can’t use birth control, internals are too sensative and it makes me very sick) and I’ve never had a problem. That, and people have been using them for MANY years and it is PROVEN they stop the AIDS virus. Not to mention, a lot of HIV countries are also overpopulated– they should worry about the kids they already have instead of trying ot make these people have more because the Vatican doesn’t like BC. How dare someone lie like that!
However, my fiance is getting a vasectomy so we don’t have to use them anymore. They get painful after a while, and totally take the sensation down 🙁
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