The NewsHour's global health unit is in Rome this week to report on a two-day conference being hosted by the Vatican on the global fight against AIDS. The meeting was prompted in part by confusion over the pope's recent comments on condom use and HIV prevention. Watch Ray Suarez preview his reports below:
Catholic charities are a major player in the fight against HIV/AIDS -- providing about 25 percent of AIDS care in Africa-- so when Pope Benedict XVI appeared to crack open the door last year for condoms as a prevention method in very limited circumstances, the statement made waves in public health circles.
"There may be a basis in the case of some individuals, as perhaps when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be a first step in the direction of a moralization, a first assumption of responsibility," the pope said in a book of interviews published in November of 2010.
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