Volume 14, Issue 4, Winter 2014
Rev. James McTavish, FMVD, MD
Chastity and Homosexuality
Combating the Scourge of HIV and AIDS
Despite billions of dollars spent in risk-reduction measures, the HIV rate in men who have sex with men (MSM) continues to soar. Although MSM represent approximately 4 percent of the male population in the United States, in 2010 male-to-male sex accounted for 78 percent of new HIV infections among males. More emphasis needs to be given to risk-avoidance measures. The Catholic Church is both courageous and medically correct in stating that homosexual acts are harmful. The health risks of homosexual sex are scarcely mentioned in the public debate, as misguided political correctness seems increasingly to hold science and medical data hostage. Our brothers should be informed about the dangers of an active homosexual lifestyle and encouraged to live chastely. National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 14.4 (Winter 2014): 637–645.