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Pope blames condoms for HIV

By Lindsey Hilsum

Updated on 17 March 2009

Pope claims condoms are part of the problem, not the solution, to the Aids epidemic, sparking controversy at the start of his first trip to Africa.

Speaking to reporters en route to Cameroon, Pope Benedict insisted chastity and marital fidelity were the only ways of preventing the spread of HIV.

His remarks have outraged aid organisations trying to combat the disease, which is thought to have infected more than twenty million people

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