No moral problems with condoms, they are safe, but fidelity is safest: Harsh Vardhan

Vardhan, who is in the US on an official tour, denied in a statement that he had any "moral problem" with condoms.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: June 26, 2014 10:52 am
His statement on informing people on the supremacy of fidelity as an AIDS prevention measure is not only a piece of cultural advice but also a scientific one, he said. His statement on informing people on the supremacy of fidelity as an AIDS prevention measure is not only a piece of cultural advice but also a scientific one, he said.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday rejected reports that he underplayed the role of condoms in fighting AIDS but insisted that official campaigns should focus on safe sex as a holistic concept, which includes highlighting the role of “fidelity to single partners”.

His statement on informing people on the supremacy of fidelity as an AIDS prevention measure is not only a piece of cultural advice but also a scientific one, he said.

“Any experienced NGO activist knows that condoms sometimes break while being used. That is why government campaigns in India, whether through the National Aids Control Organisation or the state governments, should focus on safe sex as a holistic concept which includes highlighting the role of fidelity to single partners,” he said.

Vardhan, who is in the US on an official tour, denied in a statement that he had any “moral problem” with condoms, as suggested by some media reports.

“Through misleading headlines, an impression is sought to be created that I have misgivings about the efficacy of condoms or that I have a moral problem with condoms.

“For the past two decades, I have been stressing the need for safe sex using a combination of condoms and discipline which is in line with the Abstinence-Be Faithful-Condom (ABC) line of UNAIDS that has yielded great success in Uganda and forms part of the anti-AIDS campaigns of several countries,” he said.

“As the health minister, I find it justified to include this simple message in the communication strategy of the government’s anti-AIDS programmes,” he added.

“Condoms promise safe sex, but the safest sex is through faithfulness to one’s partner. Prevention is always better than cure,” Vardhan said.

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    Aditya Bondyopadhyay
    Jun 26, 2014 at 7:20 am
    s! Ua has a generalised epidemic! ABC works in generalised epidemics! Before the minister opens his mouth again he should read the Asian AIDS commission report, that stresses that in India it's an epidemic of high risk potions of MSM, Workers, and IDUs!With the first, only condoms work, for fidelity is not an option, unless again, the minister gets on his high horse of culture and starts targeting poor workers!With the second, condom remains the only option due to criminalisation that prevents the formation of fidelity bonds as the relationships are not recognised by law, are not covered by any form of protection, aka marriage, and are targeted with state sponsored violence! The minister also blatantly lies when he says that same is not a matter within the domain of the ministry! It only shows his ignorance of the National Aids Control Policy phase 4! It also shows his ignorance of the role that NACO has pla in the 377 case! This is clearly obfuscation with a culture bias, if not an outright lie!In the third case, , and therefore condom is not important as a mode of transmission, and they need needle exchange program!
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      S.Gonesh
      Jun 26, 2014 at 6:32 am
      This is the most foolish point of view of the government. Hindustanmust take up its moral values again and shut down all the westerntype of immoral solution for a healthy society. The naked culture andBollywood perverse modern life-style is making the country sick. Thismess must be cleaned up too. A healthy society needs Dharma basedculture and tradition.
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        Lucas B
        Jun 26, 2014 at 8:42 am
        Why is he forgetting Abstinence?
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