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Condoms, needles, and negotiation, also known as the CNN approach, is a harm reduction approach to reducing the rate of transmission of sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS through the use of safer sex and reducing the risks in intravenous drug use through the provision on clean needles.

Unlike the abstinence, be faithful, use a condom, or "ABC" approach to this problem, it does not aim to promote any form of sexual morality, but aims primarily at reducing the rate of transmission among high risk groups such as women in areas where women have low levels of social power, prostitutes and their clients, and intravenous drug users.


Pope Benedict XVI has strongly criticized harm reduction policies with regards to HIV/AIDS, saying that "it is a tragedy that cannot be overcome by money alone, that cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems" [1]. This position has been widely criticised for misrepresenting and oversimplifying the role of condoms in preventing infections [2] [3].

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  1. ^ Condoms 'not the answer to AIDS': Pope
  2. ^ The papal position on condoms and HIV. Douglas Kamerow, BMJ 2009 338: b1217
  3. ^ Roehr, B. (2009). Pope claims that condoms exacerbate HIV and AIDS problem. Published 25 March 2009, doi:10.1136/bmj.b1206

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