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Re: “Sex, lies and duct tape: Science and morality make for strange bedfellows in D-11

“Potterat reserves more derision for slide No. 7, which cites a common statistic that, under "typical use," 15 percent of couples who rely on condoms for a year will experience an unintended pregnancy. It then transitions straight to sexually transmitted diseases, with the cautionary words "may protect against some STDs."

"That has been the No. 1 disinformation in the last 20 years," Potterat says.”

Who are these disinformation agents? Could it be HHS, NIH, and the NIAID? The “Workshop Summary: Scientific Evidence on Condom Effectiveness” can be found by following this link. This study states that condoms have up to a 14% failure for preventing pregnancy. The study also gives condom effectiveness rates for many STD/STIs. It says on the front page it was “prepared by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services.”

The CDC is unwilling to say categorically that condoms protect against all STD in an equal way, and you won’t find a single percentage on their “Condoms and STDs: Fact Sheet for Public Health Personnel” webpage. Check out this quote, “Latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly, reduce the risk of transmission of STDs such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis.” It may sound okay until you realize that earlier on the page they say that condoms “are highly effective” for preventing HIV.

Mr. Potterat, like many latex advocates takes it as an article of faith that condoms work. I loved how easily he derided the opposition while talking “in the precise terms of someone accustomed to looking for answers in scientific data,” but didn’t bother to offer up any rebutting research of his own.

And yes, I am an abstinence educator, and yes, my pro-life organization does receive federal funds to teach abstinence until marriage. And as such, I know that Aspire (which I do not use) is extensively researched and footnoted, as are ALL mainstream abstinence curricula. We have to survive the bright light of public criticism while safe-sex advocates like Mr. Potterat get by on sounding like they know what they are talking about.

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Posted by Precise terms on 04/20/2010 at 8:44 AM

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