Condoms & STIs

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You’ll be told condoms will protect you against sexually-transmitted diseases.  The trouble is, a woman can only get pregnant during a small part of her cycle, but either of you can get an STD at any time.  Condoms give hardly any protection against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), because the infection is present in the whole genital area, not just where the condom covers.  HPV, which causes genital warts and cervical cancer, is now Britain’s most common viral STD.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in America brought together 180 persons to discuss condom effectiveness, of whom a panel of 28 experts in the field prepared a report. Despite all the claims which have been made about condoms and ‘safer sex’, all the studies which have been done, all the medical papers which have been published, the panel concluded that it was impossible to draw conclusions about the effectiveness of condoms in preventing HPV infections, Genital Herpes, Syphilis, Chancroid, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia or Trichomoniasis: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/dmid/stds/condomreport.pdf

But they don’t tell you  that either, not on any ‘safer-sex’ website or in any school sex education based around the UK teenage pregnancy strategy. All the material speaks of young people making ‘informed choices’ but they keep back information which would help make that choice informed. You can only make your choices within a small range of the available choices, and staying a virgin isn’t among them. (Well, the Bible certainly speaks of ‘wickedness in high places’.)

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