Latest Roman Catholic Church and AIDS Stories

2012-07-23 20:42:26

SF State researchers present findings at XIX International AIDS Conference Black gay couples tend to practice safe sex but don't talk about it, while white gay couples discuss safety but are less likely to use condoms, according to new findings presented at the 19th International AIDS Conference. Gay men, particularly white and black men, account for the majority of new HIV cases in the United States. One source of HIV infection could be men's primary relationship partners. To explore...

2011-05-27 09:15:00

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an unprecedented statement in Rome's prominent daily, Corriere della Sera, Catholics for Choice and the Condoms4Life campaign welcome attendees to Saturday's Vatican conference on HIV and AIDS with the message: We believe in God. We believe that sex is sacred. We believe in caring for each other. We believe in using condoms. We thank Pope Benedict for acknowledging that condoms save lives. (See a copy of the ad here.) Jon...

2010-12-21 15:37:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jon O'Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement after the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith sought to clarify the pope's comments on condom use. "The statement from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith today on condoms and what the pope did or did not say changes nothing about the significance of Pope Benedict's initial game-changing remarks. "In Light of the World Pope Benedict XVI...

2010-11-23 16:42:37

The International AIDS Society (IAS) cautiously notes the comments from Pope Benedict that condom use could, in specific circumstances, be acceptable, but calls on the Pope and the Catholic Church to come out clearly and strongly in support of all evidence-based methods of HIV prevention, including condom use. By implying that there can only be some exceptional circumstances that could allow for condom usage, such as that of male prostitutes, the Pope is ignoring scientific evidence that...

2010-11-22 16:05:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pope's statement that the use of condoms are justified "in the intention of reducing the risk of HIV infection" is a startling and welcome shift by the Vatican that has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives, says Dr. Paul Zeitz, executive director of the Global AIDS Alliance (GAA). "The Pope has created the possibility of rapid change in the way the Catholic Church views HIV/AIDS and how it can preserve the sanctity of...

2010-11-22 06:35:00

While AIDS activists welcomed Pope Benedict XVI's apparent acceptance of condom use in certain cases to help curb the spread of disease, officials from the Catholic Church moved Sunday to clarify the pontiff's stance on the contraceptives. In the forthcoming book "Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times," the Pope told German Catholic journalist Peter Seewald that "there may be a basis" for condom use in select cases, such as male prostitutes using the...

2010-11-20 22:10:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jon O'Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement after Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged that condoms have a role to play in preventing the transmission of HIV: "We are delighted that the pope has acknowledged that condoms can help reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections including HIV. It is a marvelous victory for common sense and reason and a major step forward towards recognizing that condom use...

2010-02-16 12:30:00

Researchers said on Monday that condoms that do not fit right could break and may reduce sexual pleasure for both partners, suggesting reasons why men and women often fail to use them, Reuters reported. The researchers reported in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections that the study has implications for countries trying to encourage people to use condoms to reduce the risk of AIDS, other sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancy. Dr. Richard Crosby of the University of...

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  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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