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PIA Press Release
2010/03/06

Lady solon says: Condom use saves lives, distorting the truth fatal

Davao City (6 March) -- Calling it a blatant attempt to mislead the public, Iloilo Representative Janet Garin reacted on the recent pronouncements of some Catholic bishops and leaders saying that condom has pores or holes big enough for the entry of sperm cells and HIV and other diseases.

According to Rep. Garin, who is a medical doctor, even the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended the use of condom against HIV. "Condom is included in the Model List of Essential Medicines recommended by WHO because it satisfies the priority health care needs through the most efficacious, safest and most cost-effective way," Garin said.

"The consistent use of male latex condoms significantly reduces the risk of HIV infection in men and women," Garin explained, "broad objections to condoms as an HIV prevention strategy find no basis in science. Laboratory tests show that no STD pathogen, including HIV, can permeate an intact latex condom," stressed Garin.

In another note, Rep. Garin, who earlier commended the Department of Health in doing its job of providing concrete solutions to a very real problem like HIV and AIDS, appealed to some Catholic bishops and leaders to let our government officials do their work.

Garin laments that if these Catholic leaders will continue to impose their personal beliefs on our career officials, then they serve as distractions to them. She added, "in effect, it will demoralize our career officials and will stop them from providing the much needed services to the Filipino people, especially the poor."

"While we do not argue with them that abstinence until marriage and being faithful to one's partner is a foolproof way to prevent the spread of the disease, we must also open our eyes to realities. The truth is, there are already almost 5,000 recorded cases of HIV and AIDS in the country and the number is growing," she added.

Rep. Garin emphasized. "the Catholic bishops must not impose their personal beliefs on our government officials and the people, they must let the Department of Health do their work, and above all, they must immediate refrain from spreading baseless information that will impact the health of the people." (PIA) [top]

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