The Pope recently made some statements about AIDs in Africa:
“You can’t resolve it with the distribution of condoms,” the pope told reporters aboard a plane headed to Yaounde, Cameroon. “On the contrary, it increases the problem.” – npr.org
Condoms do not, ever, increase the spread of disease. The Pope thinks that condoms will increase sexual activity. Maybe this is true. However, the spread of AIDs in Africa occurs mainly through Rape. Abstinence, the Pope’s solution, does not protect against rape. I have never heard of a woman getting assaulted and telling her assaulter that she is abstinent and the assailant stopping his assault. The only country in the world where AIDs is spread primarily through consensual sex is China. Africa is not China. Africa is not even Catholic, although Roman-Catholicism is quickly spreading. Africa is headed for complete annihilation with AIDs rates in the southern parts of the continent approaching, and by some estimates topping, 30%. Some statistics have reported that 50% of pregnant African women are HIV positive. Abstinence is NOT an answer on this continent. Some groups have tried to spread the practice of circumcision because it reduces your chance of spreading HIV from female to male. Condoms have been distributed by western organizations.
The reality of the situation is that abstinence will not solve the problems. Condoms may help slow the spread of infection until medical organizations can catch up and help treat infected peoples.
Without saying anything horrible about the Pope, I will say that he is wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong and it will cost lives.