July 1, 2005

THE RISK IS EASILY CUT TO 0%:

How well do condoms work against STDs? (AP, June 29, 2005)

A 2001 NIH expert panel, convened at Coburn’s request, examined dozens of published studies. It reported that for STDs besides AIDS and gonorrhea, for which condoms cut transmission by 50 percent to 100 percent, the evidence on protection is unclear because of weak and contradictory studies. Individual studies cited in the report give prevention rates ranging from 18 percent to 92 percent, depending on the disease.

The Medical Institute for Sexual Health’s board chairman, Dr. Tom Fitch, who has previously pushed FDA officials for label changes, said some STDs are much more easily spread than others. In addition, STDs such as herpes and human papilloma virus, or HPV, can be transmitted by contact with skin not covered by a condom.

Fitch said he would not discourage condom use, but his group advocates abstinence or monogamy and it trains teachers how to teach students about abstinence.

That’s an “unrealistic explanation” for young people, said Dr. Shari Brasner, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York who has patients as young as 13 who are sexually active. “These conservatives are the same people that are trying to limit access to the morning-after (birth control) pill. They’ll leave us with nothing.”


Correction, you'll have a spouse and your vows.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 1, 2005 10:16 PM
Comments

being a computer science major is probably more protection against std's than a rubber johnny.

Posted by: cjm at July 2, 2005 8:35 PM
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