Philippines: WHO Backs Government in Condom Clash With Catholic Church
March 23, 2010
On Monday, World Health Organization officials voiced support for the Philippine government's advocacy of condoms as a part of its HIV/AIDS prevention strategy. Condoms are "extremely effective protection against HIV and other [STDs]," said Soe Nyunt-U, WHO's Philippines representative.
When the Philippines Department of Health distributed free condoms ahead of Valentine's Day, Roman Catholic bishops there condemned the effort as contrary to Catholic teachings and of little help against HIV/AIDS. Bishops and priests in the country, which is up to 80 percent Catholic, advocate abstinence and monogamy in marriage as the most effective way to prevent STDs.
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