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Little faith in latex.

I was very surprised at Bishop Kevin Dowling's faith in the use of condoms as being the solution to the spread of AIDS ("Let's not condemn condoms in the fight against AIDS;' November).

I was a researcher and microbiologist for some time, and I don't think you would get me nor any of my colleagues to handle a virus like the AIDS virus wearing only a pair of latex gloves. Ask the people at the Centers for Disease Control or any research institute.

More food for thought: Why is it that the rubber balloons kids had in the '50s and '60s stayed afloat for a couple of weeks, whereas the balloons today stay inflated only for five to six hours? Answer: Our balloons are latex.

Cynthia Gonzalez

Flashing, N. Y.

Dowling has convinced me that there is an appropriate use of condoms under the right circumstances. His reasoning was flawless, his conclusion apodictic.

Aristotle himself and Saint Thomas Aquinas working as teammates on the same issue could not have done any better. Dowling deserves much credit and our prayers of support in going public with his statement of the issues.

It breaks one's heart to learn what some women in the Third World do to survive. I suggest that the bureaucrats in the Vatican take six-month sabbatical and live in the Diocese of Rustenburg, South Africa doing counseling on sexual issues with the natives.

L. B. Hoge

Brandon, Fla.
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Title Annotation:you may be right; two reader letters
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Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Jan 1, 2004
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