Baltimore, Md., Sep 6, 2012 / 09:01 am
Catholic Relief Services has announced revisions to an HIV prevention document because of its "inappropriate information" about condoms and their use.
"Despite the mistakes, at no point did CRS purchase or distribute condoms. We are revising the document to ensure that it meets our standards as approved by the USCCB," Michael Hill, a senior writer with the relief agency, told CNA Sept. 5.
Hill said the 179-page document was written in 2009 by outside consultants for a Vietnam program that aimed to halt the spread of HIV among intravenous drug users.
"CRS staff prescribed revisions to the document that were not carried out by the external consultant in the final, posted document," he said. This meant that five sentences in the document referred to condom use among couples where one person is HIV positive and the other is HIV negative.