irresponsible statement in Cameroon over the use of condoms in relation to HIV/AIDS, Nathan Geffen and Rebecca Hodes of Treatment Action Campaign charge that such papal views are misguided and fly in the face of evidence around the efficacy of both condom use and sex education for adolescents. Preaching abstinence to many communities in Africa is alienating and irrelevant.
Simon Collery also did an excellent post on this issue. He is asking "Why is abstinence not proposed as a strategy to reduce alcohol or drug dependency? How about obesity as a result of overeating?" and "Why is abstinence not proposed as a strategy to reduce crime?" I think you are getting the analogy with abstinence from sex. Simon also vividly illustrates his point with an example from Nyanza: "A certain Mr Pope, a man without an electoral mandate or, indeed, without any experience of sexual intercourse or sexual relationships, thinks that abstinence is the only way to avoid HIV. Well, Mr Pope, you’re quite wrong. In Nyanza province in Kenya, women are more likely to contract HIV from their husbands. Husbands also contract HIV from their wives."
In my view, the Pope's current strategy will never be effective, so it is time for a paradigm change in the Vatican. What do you think? Can abstinence really work?