AIDS, and its likely cause, HIV, are characterized by their destruction of the human immune system which can lead to severe health problems and eventually death. Although there are treatments to hinder the progress of AIDS, there is yet no known cure.

HIV/AIDS is currently a worldwide epidemic, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa.

National issues

Position: Routine testing for the HIV virus in the workplace, or as a condition of employment, should not be permitted.

Canadian Human Rights Commision
  • Everyone has the right to equality and to be treated with dignity and without discrimination, regardless of HIV/AIDS status.
  • HIV positive persons pose virtually no risk to those with whom they interact in the workplace.
  • testing for HIV could result in unjustified discrimination against infected people.

International issues

Position: Condoms should not be used to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS

the Catholic Church

Arguments for

  • the use of contraception goes against God's plan
  • condoms are not 100% effective, therefore chastity until marriage is the only solution
  • contraception is an attack on the "culture of life," because it prevents the creation of children.

Position: Pope Should Change Catholic Church's Opposition to Condom Use To Prevent Spread of HIV/AIDS

Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

Arguments for

The countries that have been "most successful" in curbing the spread of HIV — including Thailand, Brazil, Uganda and Cambodia — "have all relied in part on condoms to reduce transmission," However, the Catholic Church has "horribly undercut the war against AIDS" by attempting "to prevent Catholic clinics, charities and churches from giving out condoms or encouraging their use," as well as "arguing loudly that condoms don't protect against HIV, thus discouraging their use." If Pope Benedict XVI "wants to ease human suffering," he should encourage condom use as means of preventing the spread of HIV, which "would save vast numbers of lives."

Source: Medical News Today

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