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  • While condoms are 90%, according to the World Health Organization, against AID transmission, they are completely ineffective [family.org] against the transmission of HPV. HPV is thought to be almost entirely responsible for cervical cancer. More women die of cervical cancer in the US than die from AIDS every year.

    Condoms are also ineffective against Herpes transmission.

    Now, tell me again why we should be promoting practices that only protect you 90% of the time from AIDS transmission and are completely ineffective a

    • My observation is that that telling people not to sex each other up has rather
      limited effectiveness. See, people want to. A lot.
        • My observation is that that telling people not to sex each other up has rather
          limited effectiveness. See, people want to. A lot.

        It's been my observation that people who drive like to speed a lot. Should we, as a society, eschew traffic laws and responsible driving education in favor of "Safe Cars" and tell people that no injury could come to them if they use one of these cars?

        Clearly, the level of promiscuity has a huge effect on the level of transmission of STDs. Sorry, that's the facts. People should be made aware that the number one thing you can do to prevent STDs is abstinence or fidelity. Where promiscuity is high, STD transmission rates are high.

        In the 80s, promiscuity rates in the Gay community dropped dramatically in response to the AIDS crisis, so it is possible to modify behavior when people are faced with clear choices.

        If you prefer to lie to people and suggest that there's such a thing as "Safe Sex" outside of a commited relationship, go right ahead and keep deceiving people. I guess that's your right in a free society.

        I don't think our scientific health organizations should be spreading lies and enabling dangerous behavior, but maybe you think differently.

        I think you'll find that some studies are now showing abstinence education is working [heritage.org]. I'm not sure how scientific your "observations" are, but I prefer to study this sort of thing.

        Look, I'm not opposed to people having access to condoms. Really, I'm not. But, as a society, Governmental and privately, our first message should be that responsible behavior, that is undenably the safest course, is best.

        • It's been my observation that people who drive like to speed a lot. Should we, as a society, eschew traffic laws and responsible driving education in favor of "Safe Cars" and tell people that no injury could come to them if they use one of these cars?

          No, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't make cars safer or educate people about car saftey features. Just because we teach people not to drive recklessly doesn't mean we don't also tell them to wear seatbelts, and doesn't mean we don't install airbags in the