Pope’s statement on condoms welcomed by WHO official
A statement that was made by Pope Benedict XVI earlier that condoms can help prevent the spread of AIDS is being welcomed by the World Health Organization.
Upon learning such surprising statement from the pope, WHO’s Regional Director for the Western Pacific Dr. Shin Young-soo expects that the Pope’s statement will make the Catholic Church reconsider as to use of condoms.
He added that an unprotected sex has been the main cause of the AIDS epidemic in Asia where HIV has infected about 20 percent of sex workers and 30 percent of men having intercourse with other men.
Shin stated that 1.4 people in the region have AIDS and HIV infections are continuously increasing with about 150,000 new cases every year. Most are caused by unprotected sex and the sharing of drug needles.