World AIDS Day 2011: A Year in the Global Pandemic

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Pope Calls AIDS an “Ethical Problem”

On a visit to Benin, Pope Benedict XVI called AIDS an "ethical problem" that needs a medical solution, backtracking from an earlier position blaming the use of condoms for the disease’s grip on Africa.

"The problem of AIDS in particular clearly calls for a medical and a pharmaceutical response," said a 135-page document released as the Pope’s vision for Africa. "This is not enough however. The problem goes deeper. Above all, it is an ethical problem."

(Photo: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

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