Catholic Church officials say lifestyle change-not condoms-can prevent HIV/AIDS


Jocelyn Uy of the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that two high-ranking officials of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines have denounced the Department of Health's (DOH) plan to distribute condoms in public places, saying the latest statistics on HIV/AIDS infection in Metro Manila show that condoms are not effective in preventing the spread of the sexually transmitted disease.


According to the report, Fr. Melvin Castro, an official of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), and Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said in separate interviews that only a lifestyle change can curb the incidence of HIV/AIDS infection in the country. Pabillo, in particular, advised individuals to practice abstinence and fidelity to be protected from the disease.


Based on the figures obtained by the DOH, "a Filipino becomes infected with HIV/AIDS every two hours, resulting in 13 new cases daily, with half of the total cases in the country occurring in Metro Manila." The agency's regional office in Metro Manila has launched a campaign to distribute condoms and flyers on safe sex in massage parlors, nightclubs and KTV bars.


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