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Combating AIDS

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 Contents - Aug 2007AD2000 August 2007 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Census 2006: 'No religion' up, Christians down
Lex orandi: Benedict XVI's liturgical armistice: 'Summorum Pontificum' - Fr Glen Tattersall
Events: LATIN MASS CELEBRATIONS - Melbourne and Sydney
University: Australian Catholic students' conference: 'an inspiring experience' - Br Barry Coldrey
News: The Church Around the World
World Congress of Families: grass roots ecumenism at work - Babette Francis
Society: Defending faith and reason in public life - Eamonn Keane
Catholics and the pornography epidemic - Bishop Robert Finn
Why Catholic parents choose home-schooling - Leslie Sammut
Obituary: Death of distinguished Australian philosopher John Ziegler - John Young
Catholic students' joyful encounter with the Church's sacred music treasury - Gabrielle Walsh
Letters: Vatican II infallible? - Frank Mobbs
Letters: Stem cell 'debate' - Chris Hilder
Letters: Breath of hope - Terry and Rosemary McDonnell
Letters: Catholic politicians - Patricia Halligan
Letters: Truth and courage - Errol P. Duke
Letters: 'Staunch' Catholics? - Frank Bellet
Letters: Study leave - Eamonn Keane
Poetry: Shrapnel - Bruce Dawe
Letters: Combating AIDS - Franklin J. Wood
Letters: Education campaign - Henry Erftemeyer
Letters: Fixing the schools - G. Brian Bibby
Books: Jesus of Nazareth: Baptism to Transfiguration, by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI - Tim Cannon (reviewer)
Books: The World's First Love, by Fulton J. Sheen - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: Mother Angelica's Little Book of Life Lessons and Everyday Spirituality - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
Books: AD2000 Books
Reflection: The Assumption: how the Christian arts honour the Virgin Mary

I recently attended a meeting of fellow Catholics in Brisbane. The subject of the HIV/AIDS problem in Papua New Guinea was raised, with some information provided from James Cook University.

AIDS in Papua New Guinea is almost as bad as the problem in sub- Saharan Africa. The most successful developing country tackling AIDS is Uganda, thanks to widespread education in the virtue of abstinence.

AIDS has increased in PNG since 1997 by 30 percent per year. Despite PNG government propaganda, the most successful body tackling the problem has been the Catholic Church. Meanwhile, the Catholic bishops in PNG want to set up AIDS clinics in each of their dioceses, but do not have the funds.

25 percent of deaths are caused by AIDS, 14 percent by tuberculosis, and 5.7 percent by malaria. The problem of AIDS is worst along the Central Highway from Lae on the north-east coast. When people contract AIDS many of them go to Port Moresby for treatment or to hide. Ninety percent of HIV infections in the Pacific island territories are in PNG.

A fellow Catholic at the meeting noted that contraceptives have been of no use. This information proves the utter fallacy of the arguments put forward by the people who have dissented from Paul VI's Humanae Vitae over the last 40 years. It is disastrous that the people of PNG and other countries have to pay a terrible price for the culture of death.

North Rockhampton, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 20 No 7 (August 2007), p. 15

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