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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 shoul

        • 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 their vehicles.

          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.

          I agree with you here. Indeed, that's the way sex education was done in my school. The resounding message was "Abstinence is the only 100% safe method. However, here are many other methods which have varying degrees of protection against pregnancy and STDs, and here's how they compare."

          Education about this kind of thing should not be an either/or. People need information about abstinence, condoms, and other methods of protecting themselves against pregnancy and STDs. Promoting abstinence is wonderful, but that doesn't mean you should throw out all your information about condom effectiveness. If we want to stop unwanted pregnancies and the spread of STDs, we need all the tools available.