Condoms, Catholics, and HIV
I have had a chat going on about Catholics, condoms and HIV with onthesideoftheangels, here (scroll down)
He defends the Catholic Church’s position not to recommend condom use (except in v special medical circumstances), not even in Africa, where, I suspect, they might save millions of lives by blocking the transmission of HIV.
Thought it now worth dragging into the main postings. Here’s my latest comment:
So now let’s suppose condoms are 90% effective in preventing infection. That seems an underestimate, in fact. Here’s one quote I found:
“In a study of discordant couples in Europe, among 123 couples who reported consistent condom use, none of the uninfected partners became infected.”
Seems condoms are pretty effective in preventing infection when used properly, doesn’t it?
In which case, were those having sex outside of marriage in Africa to use them, millions of cases of infection could be prevented.
That is current medical opinion, isn’t it (at least among non-Catholic experts)?
Let’s suppose that this is the case, and let’s also suppose what seems very likely, that very many Africans are going to continue to have sex outside of marriage, whatever you or the Pope happen to say.
Then why not say, “We’d prefer you not to have sex, but if you are going to, please use a condom”?
Can I suggest that saying anything else puts you onthesideofthedevil?