The Pope was right about the spread of AIDS, despite criticism in
the media and advocacy groups. His fears are backed by good science.
would say that this problem of AIDS cannot be overcome with advertising
slogans. If the soul is lacking, if Africans do not help one another,
the scourge cannot be resolved by distributing condoms; quite the
contrary, we risk worsening the problem," said Pope Benedict XVI on his
visit to Cameroon recently.
Learned and wise people, specialists in analysing the deadly plague
that is HIV/AIDS, have jumped to support Benedict XVI and have vowed
that his judgement is sound. One of them is Dr. Edward C. Green, the
director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at Harvard University,
who told the Catholic News Agency that condoms are actually
"exacerbating the problem" in Africa.
The Harvard scientist
noted that when the AIDS epidemic hit the African continent, the condom
"industry" began to use the spread of the disease to unfurl its
marketing strategy while seeking subsidies for the production and
delivery of condoms. Business had come for the death of potential human
The process in Uganda is very clear to Green: there
people are taught not to be promiscuous. That small country has been
able to stem its AIDS infection rate by two-thirds because it promote
abstinence before marriage and fidelity thereafter. Green revealed that
it is two African countries, Swaziland and Botswana, which have the
highest infection rates in the world but have begun campaigns to
promote fidelity and monogamy.
However, Green is not the only
researcher who came to the Pope's defense. Among them is Dr. Norman
Hearst, an epidemiologist at the University of California at San
Francisco, who was chosen by the UN Programme on HIV/AIDS to undertake
a scientific review to confirm if condoms had stemmed the advance of
the virus. He found, to the contrary, that it was those regions with
the greatest number of condoms per person which have the greatest
number of cases of this cruel scourge.
Author and journalist
Clemente Ferrer Roselló has led a distinguished career in Spain in the
fields of publicity and press relations. He is currently President of
the European Institute of Marketing, Communications, and Publicity.