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French bishop says condoms are 'not wholly reliable' in preventing AIDS

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-03-28

Two weeks after Pope Benedict XVI's controversial remarks on condom use during a trip to Africa, the bishop of Orléans has claimed that condoms "are not 100% effective in preventing AIDS".

André Fort, bishop of Orléans, has reignited controversy in France about the Vatican's position on condoms. The bishop, in an interview with French state radio, said: "You know and all scientists know that the aids virus is smaller than a sperm cell, the proof is there. Condoms are not 100% effective in preventing AIDS."

The bishop's statement comes after Pope Benedict XVI's controversial remarks on condom use during his recent trip to Africa, when he said in a public address that condoms "can even increase the problem" of AIDS.

Fort also said: "Cigarette boxes are printed with the word 'danger'. We should say on condom boxes that they are 'not wholly reliable'."

Date created : 2009-03-27

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