The Latest Skirmish in the Condom WarsFAMILY CONCERNS
The Physician’s Consortium, representing more than 25,000 doctors, has called for the resignation of Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). They charge that the CDC has known that a U. S. Health and Human Services (HHS) study found no convincing proof that condoms provide protection against many sexually transmitted diseases.
Medical research confirms the following:
Only one in five women is aware that HPV (human papilloma virus) is the leading cause of cervical cancer in women, according to a national survey conducted by the National Cervical Cancer Public Education Campaign. Dr. Omega Logan Silva, President of the American Medical Women's Association, states, "Cervical cancer can be the good news story in our battle against cancer. In the case of this disease, we now know its cause - HPV. We have improved detection methods available, and with early detection and education, it is preventable." HPV is the cause of greater than 99 percent of cervical cancer cases. (HIV Update, 3/27/01; Digene Corporation, 3/20/2001) Chlamydia, another STD widely seen by physicians, is the leading cause of pelvic inflammatory disease, causing infertility. Many persons with chlamydia remain asymptomatic. One incidence of the disease carries a 25 percent risk of scarring in the reproductive organs, with subsequent infections increasing that risk by 25 percent increments. Physicians are starting to screen sexually active teenage women for chlamydia because it is such a devastating disease. Ten percent of physicians questioned in a recent study in the Journal of Adolescent Health agreed and 42 percent disagreed with the statement in the survey, "Chlamydia is too uncommon in my patient population to screen asymtomatic teenage women for it." (SHOPTalk, vol.6 no. 4 SIECUS)
HIV is reported to be diminished 85 percent
by using condoms every time. An 85 percent reduction is not good when you realize
that HIV resulting in AIDS causes death. The 15 percent not protected by condoms
are not just statistics, they are people. The study also only reviewed condom
use for penile-vaginal intercourse and did not include anal sex. It also found
that those who use condoms inconsistently are as susceptible to infection as those
who did not use them at all are. ("NIH Report Collapses Foundation of comprehensive
Sex Education" Abstinence Clearinghouse, August, 7, 2001)
"This report means than when condom use is discussed it is no longer medically accurate or legal for the CDC to refer to sex as 'safe' or 'protected'." Physician and former U.S. Rep. Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Petition calling for CDC head's resignation: www.conservativepetitions.com/petition.html?name=Koplan-_mus t-resign
The Latest Skirmish in the Condom Wars." Family Concerns.
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