Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Let them die

Yet again, the Catholic Church sees fit to jeopardize the lives of millions in furtherance of its own agenda:

http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/africa/01/26/safrica.condoms.reut/index.html

Clearly, the correct, logical and most effective approach is to teach sex education in general (including abstinence, condoms, disease awareness, etc.) An excerpt from the 12-2-04 issue of Today by Christopher Low:

In the last several years, certain anti-choice radicals have even distorted scientific fact in order to discourage condom use. Three myths propagated in this anti-condom misinformation campaign are particularly dangerous. The first myth purports that talking about condoms or giving people condoms will make them sexually promiscuous (Hartigan, 1997). The second claims that condoms cause AIDS because HIV allegedly passes through microscopic pores in the latex (A.L.L.). The third blames condoms for cervical cancer (Lerner, 1999; Cantu & Farish, 1999). These myths are now so widespread that they are recited in Congress and have been incorporated into the sexuality education programs of more than a third of U.S. schools (Darroch, et al, 2000; Lerner, 1999; Landry et al., 1999). But none of these myths are true.Condoms are effective because they block contact with body fluids that cause pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection. Most reports of condom failure are the result of inconsistent or incorrect use, not breakage (Macaluso et al., 1999). A recent study of college students found that condom use errors were very common - 40 percent of the young men surveyed reported that, within the previous three months, they had not left space for ejaculate at the tip of a condom, and 15 percent had taken a condom off before completing intercourse (Crosby et al., 2002). In the U.S., the actual breakage rate is a low two per 100 condoms (CDC, 1998). High failure rates in some studies occur because many people lie about contraceptive use to shift the responsibility for an unintended pregnancy to a "faulty" contraceptive. Such over-reporting artificially inflates failure rates (Trussell, 1998).

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