.- Bishop Joaquin PiÃ±a Batllevell of Iguazu, Argentina, said this week measures proposed by authorities to combat AIDS, such as the distribution of condoms, âmany times are neither the most adequate nor the most effective.â In his message titled âThe Fight Against AIDS,â the bishop recalled that according to UN data, three million HIV victims died in 2003, while the number of those infected is believed to be 42 million.
Bishop PiÃ±a warned that although Africa is the most affected continent, countries such as Argentina are not exempt from this pandemic. He said that for this reason it is urgent that adequate methods be applied.
He lamented that âdespite many speeches,â authorities only know how to distribute condoms, and as a result âeach day there are more people infected and more unwanted pregnancies.â
âCould it be that safe sex is really not that safe?â he asked, warning that perhaps âbecause of so much propaganda young people say, letâs try it,â or they do not think about the consequences when they see it is so easy to do.
Sex-ed and AIDS
Bishop PiÃ±a said sex-ed for young people is necessary but when it is not done correctly âit can be a weapon that turns against us.â He added that rather than talking to them about sexual initiation, young people should be âeducated about love and responsibility.â