February 23, 2005
Condoms "Key" in AIDS Fight, Piot Says
UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot on Monday at a news conference criticized the Philippines' Roman Catholic Church for opposing the use of condoms to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, Reuters reports. The Catholic Church, which has a "strong influence" over government policy in the Philippines, has "refused" to condone condom use to prevent disease transmission, instead encouraging people to use natural birth control methods or abstain from sex, according to Reuters. "Church leaders should not make statements that will kill people," Piot said, adding, "Accessibility of condoms is one of the key elements in fighting AIDS." Piot also signed an agreement between UNAIDS and the Asian Development Bank to strengthen the fight against HIV/AIDS in the Asia-Pacific region, Reuters reports (Reuters, 2/21). As part of the agreement, UNAIDS and ADB will work together to engage political leaders and government and private agencies in the fight against HIV/AIDS, strengthen national capacity in the region and generate additional funding for treatment and prevention programs, according to a UNAIDS/ADB release (UNAIDS/ADB release, 2/22).
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