Skip to comments.Russian health officials debunk “safe-sex” myth and promote abstinence in Moscow
Posted on 06/09/2005 9:35:47 PM PDT by Coleus
Russian health officials debunk safe-sex myth and promote abstinence in Moscow
Rome, Jun. 09, 2005 (CNA) - In an about-face, health officials in Moscow have acknowledged that safe-sex does not exist and are opting for abstinence-based education for young people.
One should propagandize total abstinence before marriage, Ludmila Stebenkova of Moscow's parliamentary committee for health care told the Pravda news service.
Stebenkova, who is in charge of health care for the 12 million inhabitants of Moscow, believes that the safe sex propaganda in the USA, for example, has resulted in the dissolution of morals. Sexually transmitted diseases started progressing there. That is why the US government assigns huge money to promote the value of innocence and virginity. It is coming into fashion.
"People started thinking after the Safe Sex program that they would be able to protect themselves against any disease, she added. Pravda reports that the latest data indicates that papillomas has increased by 50 percent over several recent years. The number of herpes and fungal infection patients has been growing lately as well.
Speaking to the Russian daily Izvestia, Stebenkova explained that during the last three years Americans have quadrupled their funding for premarital sex-ed programs. Medical centers and schools over there have excluded from their programs any mention of condoms as a contraceptive method. By promoting safe sex, people are not taught that extra-martial, early sexual contact among young people leads to not only to physical but also psychological negative consequence. Why should we make the same mistakes? she asked.
Stebenkova criticized government funded safe-sex programs as nothing more than opportunities for certain agencies to steal money from the state coffers. She pointed to the recent case of the Ukraine, where $2.6 million was set aside for the purchasing of condoms and $300,000 for training in how to use them. Could someone tell me what kind of class on how to put on condoms could cost $300,000? she wondered. Ukraine officials eventually canceled the program.
Stebenkova said her committee intends to spend $900,000 on educational programs, television ads and billboards with the slogans, Healthy Family, Defense against AIDS and Safe-sex does not exist.
Supporters of condoms are attempting to block Stebenkovas efforts, alleging that young people will be confused by international propaganda that favors safe-sex over abstinence.
Stebenvoka said she will not be deterred by organizations that represent an ideology in decline. They simply have to spend the money donated by (George) Soros and his other patrons, she said, in a reference to international funds that are sent to Russia for promoting the use of condoms.
Interesting.... now if only people in this country would realize the same thing
(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
Safe sex? Is that when you're wearing a life preserver?
Uganda is the only African country that decided to teach abstinence to combat AIDS. It is the only African country to see a decrease in AIDS.
It is amazing that when you have morality as the base of whatever you attempt, good things happen. Like the founding of the USA.
See Pravda report: http://english.pravda.ru/main/18/90/360/15538_sex.html
I'd like to see this covered by MSM. Fat chance, though.
I never heard them cover Uganda's success story with abstinence and monogamy.
Condom cancer risk exposed
Most condoms contain a cancer-causing chemical and their manufacture should be subject to greater quality control, a German scientific research institute said.
The Chemical and Veterinary Investigation Institute in Stuttgart, Germany, said it found the carcinogen N-Nitrosamine present in 29 of 32 types of condoms it tested in simulated conditions.
"N-Nitrosamine is one of the most carcinogenic substances," the study's authors said.
"There is a pressing need for manufacturers to tackle this problem."
The carcinogen is thought to be present in a substance used to improve condom elasticity.
When the rubber material comes in contact with human bodily fluids, it can release traces of N-Nitrosamine, the study said.
Local government officials said condom users should not stop using rubber contraceptives based on results of the study because N-Nitrosamine does not present an immediate health danger.
Germany's Federal Institute for Risk Assessment said that daily condom use exposed users to N-Nitrosamine levels up to three times higher than levels naturally present in food.
"They simply have to spend the money donated by (George) Soros and his other patrons, she said, in a reference to international funds that are sent to Russia for promoting the use of condoms."
George Soros strikes again!
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