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Friday, August 29, 2008

Philippines health dept. endorses condoms despite opposition from the RC Church.

I noticed that there were no tv ads for condoms in the Philippines or any other type either. If condoms are promoted probably the Health Department will have to pay for any advertisements. Perhaps manufacturers do not wish to alienate the Church by advertising condoms or maybe I just never noticed any advertisements. As I recall condoms are not displayed at drug stores either unless things have changed since I was there a couple of years ago.

Philippines endorses condoms despite church
21 hours ago
MANILA (AFP) — The Philippine Health Department will promote the use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS despite disapproval from the influential Roman Catholic church, an official said Thursday.
"The use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS is different from their use for birth control," Health Undersecretary Mario Villaverde told a media briefing.
"The church's position is detrimental to public health," he said.
Besides the use of condoms, which have 95 percent effectiveness in preventing HIV/AIDS, the government will also encourage education on the topic and promote measures to guard against the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, the official said.
Villaverde did not say how condoms would be promoted in a country where all forms of artificial contraception are strongly opposed by the church.
Although rates of HIV/AIDS remain low in the Philippines, the level has recently gone up with an average of 29 cases detected each month in 2007 and 2008, compared with 20 cases a month in previous years.

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