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One Caribbean religious leader has questioned Pope Benedict’s position on condom use in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

While on a visit to Africa earlier this month, Pope Benedict said use of condoms could aggravate the spread of AIDS.

The Pope’s remarks have also been criticised by several government leaders and leading organisations in the fight against the AIDS epidemic.

One of the world’s top medical journals, the Lancet, has also criticised the Pontiff for distorting scientific evidence in his remarks on condom use, and demanded he make a retraction.

Pastor Stanford Simon who heads the St George’s Baptist Church in Grenada thinks that while he agrees that condom use may encourage promiscuity, it has also helped in the fight of HIV/AIDS.

=======My Personal Note=======

Pope Benedict XVI is wrong – If we were living in a perfect world we wouldn’t need condoms. The fact is we’re not living in a perfect world; we need to do what would be nearest to perfection. Since we are talking about the value of Human Life, the nearest to perfect would be to wear the condom and save the world from this horrible blight.

What do you think of the Pope’s comments? Have your say in the comments below.

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This post was guest blogged by Dan Tanner of dan-ruth-tanner.com

There has been a lot of debate between scientists and people with a misplaced sense of ethnic pride for the most part, about the origin of this horrible disease. That is history, and should only be of importance to medical researchers who seek to prevent the rise of new diseases. That is because, AIDS probably had an inter-species origin, and like dreaded Ebola or monkey-pox, may have first arisen in people in Africa who because of drought and/or poverty were forced to eat “bush meat”.

Another inter-species danger: all influenzas. They arise in birds, and only some evolve to attack humans. Today’s “bird flu” is a danger to those with prolonged and close contact with infected birds, usually with chickens or ducks in mostly poor countries. But the last bad “bird flu” in 1919 killed about 50 million people worldwide. It is said to have first transferred from chicken to human in the US Midwest, where a soldier from the farm family then spread it at Fort Devens, Massachusetts.

But for those of us who aren’t researchers, the important thing is to prevent the spread of diseases that are already in the general population. The New York Times article shows that the rise of AIDS is not tied to any ethnic group, but rather to the disgusting and perverted practices of male homosexuals. But once a man has the virus, he can easily spread it to women he may have sex with, and women thus infected can thus spread it to other male partners. And, of course, any contact with any bodily fluid from an infected person poses a danger to the healthy.

In a recent article published on nytimes.com – titled: H.I.V Diagnosis Rates Continue to Rise among Young Men, African-Americans – speakers about how H.I.V. and AIDS in men who’re having sex with men rose significantly between 2001 and 2006 while the was a decline in other demographic groups.

The increase in diagnoses was especially high among males between the ages of 13 and 24, with an annual increase of 12.4 percent, compared to 1.5 percent for men overall. The annual increase was still higher among young African-American men who have sex with men, nearly 15 percent.

Fortunately, Dominica is not under the sway of the powerful pro-homosexual lobby, as is the US and most of Europe. I will be very happy to move from a place where one must be “politically correct” when speaking about homosexuality, and from where so-called “same-sex marriage” is allowed to Dominica, where I don’t expect such an abomination to ever be tolerated. (At least, I believe, not in my lifetime!) I believe that Dominica will wisely continue to proscribe homosexual acts in law as a way of safeguarding public health.

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It’s World AIDS Day today and it’s time to raise awareness, remember those who have died and to help campaign for greater action to help the spread of this epidemic. According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.2 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children. During 2007 some 2.5 million people became newly infected with the virus. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35.

The 2007 AIDS theme is, “leadership”, which highlights the need for innovation, vision and perseverance in the face of the AIDS challenge. The campaign calls on all sectors of society such as families, communities and civil society organisations – rather than just governments – to take the initiative and provide leadership on AIDS.

Stop AIDS in Children

In line with this year’s theme, AVERT is running the Stop AIDS in Children campaign to call for urgent action in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT). Currently only 9% of pregnant women living with HIV in the developing world are provided with drugs to prevent the virus being transmitted to their babies. As a result, nearly half a million children become infected with HIV every year.

The Stop AIDS in Children campaign is calling on governments and international agencies to urgently improve PMTCT coverage worldwide.Watch the video to learn more about the campaign. This epidemic affects all of us…Lets help stop the spread

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