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14 May 2006 @ 12:54 am
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.
Matthewzenmasterzeno on May 14th, 2006 06:20 am (UTC)
Go Cam. Use your freelance writing powers to fuck their shit up.

We must only use our abilities for good.
philhousephilhouse on May 14th, 2006 01:50 pm (UTC)
Keep it in the family and email the Kinsey Institute. They're always trying to push their "homosexual liberal agenda" on everyone. Seriously though, I'm sure they could provide you with tons of information. The fact that you've done yer research and figured out the hidden agenda behind the MISH already gives you a loaded gun.
Lizzz_squared82 on May 14th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
While I'm most prone to say Planned Parenthood, they also have their own agenda. I'd go with the FDA. They're at least a little less biased. And make sure the facts go thru at least 2000, preferrable 2003. Dates are important.
Peggypsychopeg on May 15th, 2006 11:42 am (UTC)
Sadly, the FDA has also become quite biased lately. This is why scientists keep quitting over its refusal to approve the morning-after pill for OTC staus despite the fact that there's "no debate about its safety." OBGYNs are pissed, too.

Of course, their stats on condoms might still be OK. For now.

And the FDA is the group that's responsible for setting the condom-testing standards that show them to be 99.9% effective when used properly, I suppose (or whatever it says on the actual condom boxes. I think that stat's "against pregnancy," but I'm pretty sure it's that on HIV/AIDS too).

This is an illustrated history of condoms! Among other things! ...from a UK-based AIDS charity. And here's a (pdf) really wishy-washy report from the NIH/HHS. I would say look abroad, though, and compare what you find in, say, British studies, to what the FDA says. Because they seem to be sliiiiightly less insane about sex over there. Or stuff from the WHO (here's one now!).


avant-gardevintage76 on May 15th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
hey stranger...its kiki, i loved your pictures a la brent!

p.s. abstinence only education is ignorance only education. (i too have a beef of my own with sex ed programs...if i come across any good stats i'll let you know!)
(Anonymous) on May 15th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
good deal. thanks everyone.
(Anonymous) on July 31st, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I agree with the article: condoms are bullshit. Now, the pill; I know from experience that it kills the tiny babies who live inside my sperm.
skittish411 on November 25th, 2006 07:05 am (UTC)
Totally unrelated
How would I mail you something in the mail if I were going to mail you something.... ?

(It's me, Erin.)