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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
EU Rejects Vatican Claim that Use of Condoms Does Not Protect

October 21, 2003
Associated Press (10.20.03) - Tuesday, October 21, 2003

The European Union on Monday criticized recent statements by a top Vatican cardinal that latex condoms do not work as "not supported by sound scientific evidence" and so "not plausible." Philippe Busquin, EU research commissioner, added that there is enough evidence to demonstrate that "condoms are the best way to prevent HIV infection." EU spokesperson Fabio Fabbi said: "There is extensive and conclusive scientific evidence that condoms are the best way to stop and prevent AIDS. The scientific evidence is there... whatever your beliefs are." Fabbi said the European Commission has funded several research projects over the last 15 years to prove that latex condoms are an effective way of fighting the spread of AIDS. The commission said the studies found that condoms showed an efficacy rate close to 100 percent when used correctly.