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June 25, 2012

Vatican: Pope Wants Free Meds for People With HIV in Africa

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s number two official and secretary of state, has called for universal, free access to HIV medications in Africa and for more investments into finding a cure for the virus, The Associated Press (AP) reports. The cardinal spoke on behalf of Pope Benedict XVI at the 8th International Drug Resource Enhancement against AIDS and Malnutrition Conference in Rome, according to Rome Reports. He said that an entire generation cannot be lost to the AIDS epidemic and that the church will continue its work in providing education, food, medicine and care to people with HIV. He made no reference to condoms or the Vatican’s traditional position that abstinence from sex before marriage and fidelity are the best way to prevent HIV.

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Concerned, USA, 2012-08-01 09:17:11
I am happy the Pope wants to help with HIV/AIDS medication cost in Africa. My concern is why is everything going to Africa and so many in USA and other Countrys need assistance with medication cost as well.

elizajane, , 2012-07-30 10:49:08
Perhaps this cardinal and his church can take their riches, like jesus did, and give it to help the poor. I, for one, am not holding my breath. If we could get the pope start talking about USING condoms to PREVENT infection, perhaps we could make real progress. Take a big leap, Catholics, into the 21st Century, and use your power for GOOD. And BTW,it is THE SISTERS actually doing gods work...and now being punished by the Pope. Stand with the Sisters, not the catholic church, to see god's work!!

nvhorseman, Reno, Nv., 2012-07-26 20:12:36
It has been estimated that a few hundred million dollars aimed solely at the most promising cures for those currently infected and secondly for those who will become infected is what is needed. The Vatican could easily take that out of "petty cash" and fund the end of this epidemic and save the lives of millions of people. Or they could act in concert with any number of philanthropists and get the job done quicker and with more thorough investigation of possible resistant or mutated HIV viruses.

Frederick Wright, Coachella, 2012-07-15 16:17:02
I for one as a Christian that is gay among millions of Christian gay people am sorry to the folks where a part of the human church has hurt you and please for give us. This is human nature to be misguild through out history. I am sad that some are for freedom of. speech and religion do not give this group respect, for the church is made up beyond a few policies,Second the Christians in this faith have only been loving and kind,,even if we disagree on such trivial issues ,we all have free wil

Andy, , 2012-07-14 03:46:13
When was the last time you heard mormons advocating for universal medical care, or Islam pushing sexual equality? Religion is a nasty thing, but if I, as a poz gay deist, had to pick a (mainstream) poison, my first thought would be to reach for the catholics. They're like wal mart, huge and ancient so they get a lot of scrutiny, but hardly the worst thing around.

BREALNYC, New York, 2012-07-12 20:23:49
Andy, really? If the default response to anything Catholic is to smack the pinata, it may have something to do with the anti-gay, anti-human rhetoric coming out of Bill Donohue and the Catholic League. He, and that organization, does little to further the cause of Jesus.

Andy, , 2012-07-11 15:39:05
Why exactly is the catholic church such a pinata these days? Sure, it's got it's issues, but it is doing more for people with HIV than anything else, including the US Govt. and our host of aids charities. It takes exception to nonmarried sex and birth control, not prevention. It has been very clear and consistent in this stance.

BREALNYC, , 2012-07-07 09:32:39
Hey, if the devil wants me to have free meds, I'll take the free meds.

CH, , 2012-07-01 12:55:18
On one front, this is great news, but the hypocrisy of this is staggering. If the Pope and the Catholic Church really cared, they could help PREVENT those from getting infected in the first place by encouraging condom use. Then there would not be a need for free treatment!

dave robbins, indianapolis, 2012-06-28 13:39:28
Stupid. The Catholic church backs policies that increase the chances of people getting Hiv, but then say they want to provide more medicine for the victims of these policies. It's time for the Catholic church to die a slow death. Vote with your feet and leave this evil organization.

Wycliff Busobozi, Hoima-Uganda, 2012-06-28 11:51:48
I'm so glad about the message realesed from vertican and i think young positives,adolescents,children and youth should be put in fore front of HIV prevention

Tolotra RAMAROSON, Toamasina, Madagascar, 2012-06-28 07:20:50
It's very benefit for all people in africa and for Madagascar

Gaspard, Kamembe, 2012-06-28 04:46:10
We all apprecciate this Vatican's position about care and treatment of PLWHA. We act on it and we hope to on zero death due to HIV/AIDS. We appreciate our gouverment's (RWANDA) efforts to provide free antiretroviral medecines for all on each health center in the counrty. thanks alots.

Frederick Wright, Coachelle Vally, 2012-06-27 16:08:33
This is most exciting news from the his Holly Pope or the Most honorable Bishop of Rome. Some are still upset with this part of Christainty within this great social justice system that takes a radical stand for charity,which is to the Glory of God;. to take a stand for more resources in partnership with HIV people. However the statement for more energy,prayers and funding for a CURE is hopful.. My prayer is that other faith leaders join in on these prayers and action for a AIDS CURE.

Rich, San Francisco, 2012-06-26 21:10:36
This reminds me of when people offered the native americans education and medications and loose their native way of life. It might look like the church wants to really help but the church will want to have them convert sooner or later. It looks nice on the surface that they really want to help. The people of Africa will be put in a desperate situation, get medications and trade everything that their defferant cultures stand for or die. I feel very sorry for the church

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