An Argentinian doctor’s claims about HIV during a congressional debate on the decriminalization of abortion shocked the South American nation.
Abel Albino addressed the Argentine Senate on July 25 and said that condoms do not protect against the AIDS virus.
“You have to understand that the prophylactic doesn’t protect anything. The AIDS virus goes through porcelain,” he said (CNN En Español).
Albino’s statement caused Mabel Bianco, a physician and founder of women’s rights NGO Fundación para Estudio e Investigación de la Mujer (FEIM), to leave the room (Río Negro, in Spanish).
The World Health Organization said: “The evidence around use of male condoms to prevent HIV transmission is that latex condoms if used consistently and correctly are highly effective in preventing the transmission of HIV.” Porcelain, on the other hand, is not (CNN En Español).
Albino is currently the creator and director of a non-profit organization for children’s health called Cooperative for Infant Nutrition (CONIN).
Fundación CONIN – a children’s health charity partly funded by the government – issued a statement insisting he had spoken “on a personal basis” (La Nación, in Spanish).