Crusading for change in the Catholic Church

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7501.1210 (Published 19 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1210

What is the evidence that condoms prevent transmission of HIV?

  1. Rhett S Kahn, private family doctor (rkahn@icon.co.za)
  1. 77 Toronto Road, St Helena, Welkom 9459, South Africa

    EDITOR—Arie reports that some Catholic organisations and priests working in AIDS ravaged areas have called for the church to change its stance on condoms.1 The Catholic Church's message is that a policy of marital fidelity is more likely to help reduce the HIV epidemic than advocating condoms because condoms are not 100% effective in preventing the transmission of HIV infection.

    The evidence concurs: a Cochrane …

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