The first case of HIV/AIDS were scientifically diagnosed in the USA and Haiti in the early 80s, many parts of Africa were free from any recorded cases of the disease. However, in little less than two decades, Africa now registers some of the highest rates of infections and the highest per capita citizen living with the condition. The sad fact is that the majority of these infections have occurred at a time when preventative measures have been well known. One such preventative measure is the use of condoms.
However, for most of this time, the Vatican has led a campaign to discourage the use of condoms even in highly infectious area. It even went as far as banning the use of condoms by married couples where one of them is infected. It therefore come as no surprise that some of the countries with the highest rates of infection are populated by Catholics, who compliantly following the directives from the top in one respect but not in another.
Could this crisis have been averted with more humane and decent policies from the top? Certainly. The Vatican is now on the verge of making a reversal to its doctrine about the use of condoms amongst married couple. So much for papal infallibility.