Friday, February 26, 2010

Condoms and the Pope

In preparation for the 2010 World Cup, the host nation (South Africa) is stocking up on condoms.

"There's going to be a large number of people who will be descending onto the country," said Victor Ramathesele, general medical officer for South Africa's 2010 organizing committee. "There's going to be a spirit of festivity and there could be a more than usual demand for measures such as condoms. So there are measures in place to ensure that the condom supply is going to be ramped up during this tournament."

About 5.7 million of the 50 million people in South Africa are HIV positive, a little over 10% of the population.

Does Pope Benedict think this is a good idea? After all, the Pope is on record saying that condoms in Africa make the AIDs epidemic worse. I am curious if His Holiness is going to stand by his previous statement and condemn these public health efforts by the South African government.

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