Saturday, August 12, 2006

Tanzanian Anglican Church still opposes condoms, sex education
By Guardian Reporter

Tanzania’s Anglican Church is still vehemently opposed to condom use, despite its ambitious HIV/AIDS prevention campaign, and has called for a total ban on condom advertising to protect children from early exposure to sex.

Reverend James Dominic of the Tanga Diocese said the church would continue resisting condom use because it promoted underage sex and immorality.

"The advertisements [of condoms] encourage young girls and boys to engage in sex because they are told to use condoms.”

The Anglican Church in Tanzania has been at the forefront of efforts to curb the spread of HIV. In an effort to lead by example, it launched an HIV/AIDS Control Project in 2004 that compels the church leadership to take an HIV test before taking on religious responsibilities. In the Tanga Diocese 45 priests were tested recently, three of whom were found positive.
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