Pope Benedict XVI says his personal opinion is that condoms may be used "in exceptional cases" to combat HIV-AIDS, but the Vatican says it has not changed its policy on contraception.
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- Pope Benedict XVI denounces the use of condoms to prevent HIV-AIDS during a tour of Africa.
- A research team led by an evolutionary biologist at the University of Arizona publishes a paper in "Nature" on the genetic history of HIV proving that Gaetan Dugas, the Canadian flight attendant who had been identified for years as "Patient Zero" of the AIDS epidemic in the U.S., did not spread the virus to the country. The study indicates that HIV first spread to the U.S. from the Caribbean around 1970.
- A study finds that taking the AIDS drug tenofovir greatly reduces the risk of HIV infection among intravenous drug users.
- The Vatican announces Pope Benedict XVI will send a delegation to Damascus to "express his brotherly solidarity with the entire population".
- The Vatican orders Pope Benedict XVI's former butler to stand trial for his alleged involvement in leaking allegations of corruption in the Holy See.