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Spanish church condones use of condoms in fight against AIDS

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Spanish church condones use of condoms in fight against AIDS

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In an apparent about-turn, Spain’s Catholic Church has endorsed the use of condoms in the fight against AIDS. It is a change from the traditional teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, which encourages abstinence to prevent the disease. After a meeting with health minister Elena Salgado, the spokesman for Spain’s Bishops’ Conference quoted a recent study in medical journal the ‘Lancet’ which supported the use of condoms: “Contraception has a place in a global approach to tackling AIDS,” said Juan Antonio Martinez Camino. The Spanish government, which encourages the use of contraceptives, has launched a series of adverts to raise awareness of their benefits.