Pope Benedict XVI has clarified his comments about allowing male sex workers to use condoms because it was a lesser evil than transmitting HIV; he now says the comments also included women and transgender people, The Associated Press (AP) reports. In the book Light of the World, the pope says that male sex workers could use condoms to prevent HIV transmission because they were making a more moral and responsible choice. Questions regarding the translation of “male sex workers” (the original text was in German) forced the pope to clarify. According to the Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, the pope’s comments apply to “a woman, a man or a transsexual” using condoms if he or she is “taking into consideration the risk of the life of another.”

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