Catholic Leader: Condoms in Africa Carry HIV

Mozambican archbishop charges plot to kill Africans
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2007 12:19 PM CDT
Church of Our Lady of Good Health, rebuilt in the early 19th century, Mozambique.   (AISA)
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(Newser) – Catholic opposition to condom use as an AIDS preventive in Africa took a bizarre turn yesterday when a respected archbishop in Mozambique charged that condoms imported from Europe had been deliberately infected with HIV. Maputo Archbishop Francisco Chimoio made his comments at an Independence Day celebration and reiterated them to the BBC.

Condom companies, he said, "want to finish with the African people" and "want to colonize" the continent. He refused to name the countries he suspected of the plot to kill Africans, and reiterated the church's position that the best way to fight the spread of AIDS is by encouraging fidelity and abstinence. Chimono's remarks infuriated anti-AIDS campaigners.  One in six Mozambicans is HIV-positive.