A Vatican conference May 27 to 28 will examine the morality and effectiveness of condoms for HIV prevention, Beliefnet reports. Sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, the conference follows a comment by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 that condoms for HIV prevention could “be a first step in the direction of a moralization” of sexuality. One of the scheduled speakers is Edward C. Green, former director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at the Harvard School of Public Health. Green supported the pope’s 2009 assertion that condoms “increase the problem” of AIDS in Africa.

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