Pope Benedict XVI said that male sex workers who use condoms are beginning to act responsibly, The Associated Press (AP) reports. His comments were made in a book-length interview to be released on Tuesday, November 23. The pope said condoms are not a “moral solution” to stopping AIDS, but their use could be a “first step” in taking moral responsibility “in the intention of reducing the risk of [HIV] infection.” The pope also said abstinence and marital fidelity are the only sure way to prevent HIV. In 2009, the pope said condom distribution “increases the problem” of HIV transmission.

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