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Task Force condemns pope’s remarks on condoms and AIDS

Date: 
March 17, 2009

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WASHINGTON, March 17 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force condemns remarks by Pope Benedict XVI that greater condom use will lead to a worsening of the HIV/AIDS crisis. The Task Force denounces this statement as dangerous and scientifically unsound.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“The Task Force denounces the irresponsible remarks by Pope Benedict XVI this week that the use of condoms will lead to a worsening of the HIV/AIDS crisis. It is an outrage that the pope would go against scientific evidence that shows that condoms are highly effective in the prevention of HIV transmission. It is immoral that, in the name of church doctrine, people are put at risk by the pope’s reckless and false statements.”

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