NATIONAL AIDS Council secretariat chairman Sir Peter Barter has put it on record that condom is 99.9% safe if used correctly.
I am keen to know how he reached this conclusion.
The size of a sperm, which is measured in microns, is 0.001m and the micropore of a condom barrier is also 0.001m.
As such, a condom is able to stop sperms passing through the micropores 80% to 90%.
Now, when it comes to the HIV virus, it is another matter altogether.
In May 2006, molecular biologists Kenneth Roux and co-workers released their findings in the British journal Nature.
They measured the size of the HIV virus using a special 3D imaging technique called “cryoelectronic microscopy tomography”.
They measured the HIV virus to a few nanometers, which is about 0.000000001m.
How can a condom be effective in preventing the HIV virus from passing through?
The size of a virus has made the condom useless in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Therefore, it is important for those who have more than one sexual partner to go for voluntary testing to find out their HIV status.
We are dealing with a deadly disease here and a false sense of security is not an option.
Those who are sexually active and have multiple partners must be honest with themselves and their partners.
Time will tell us that our Government and those who promote condoms in the fight against HIV/AIDS have been wrong.
God will be our ultimate judge in this moral and unethical issue.
I have said it before and I will say it again: Condoms are not effective in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Since 1987 when PNG detected its first HIV/AIDS case, the number of cases has increased exponentially and is now expanding into rural PNG.
I can only hope and pray that God will help our people to choose wisely and follow his laws concerning sex and marriage.
Dr Thomas Vinit
Technical adviser, Lifestyle Disease