So I was reading the opinion page of the Indianapolis Star last Thursday, and there was a letter from some so-called doctor about how condoms really just provide a false sense of security. In this letter, the guy claims that condoms fail in preventing transfer of HIV about a third of the time, and only provide about 50% protection from most other STDs. Now I'm not an expert on this kind of thing, but I know enough to know that these numbers could not possibly be right. The information that this guy uses apparently comes from a collection of studies through 1990 that was compiled by the Medical Institute for Sexual Health. A simple google search confirmed my suspicions that the aforementioned institute is at least in part an abstinence-only education advocacy group. So anyway, I am going to write a letter of my own in which I would like to refute this guy's claims and provide more accurate statistics, and while I am sure I can find some on my own, I would appreciate any suggestions that people might have on where to look for reliable statistics.
So I was reading the opinion page of the Indianapolis Star last… - captn_sideburns
14 May 2006 @ 12:54 am