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The Spin on Condoms
Concerned Women of America ^ | 6/26/2003 | Kathryn Hooks

Posted on 06/26/2003 4:15:04 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Study shows lack of evidence for condom effectiveness in preventing STDs

"You're entering a no spin zone!"

So cautions Bill O’Reilly on Fox News channel's The O'Reilly Factor, a program that polls indicate is the most watched cable news program in the USA. The show’s popularity indicates that people are tired of spin; they want to hear information straight, fair, and balanced. While there may be “no spin zones” on cable television –– and some people debate that assertion –– what about spin in other arenas?

What about the spin on “safe sex” and condoms?

The topic of sex ignites a controversial debate over the use and effectiveness of condoms. The STD epidemic in America elevates the intensity of the condom debate because condoms are portrayed as the "best" method to cure an epidemic that is thriving on young people. According to a 2000 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 65 million people live with an incurable STD, and in addition, 15 million more people become infected each year. Of those 15 million, young adults between the ages of 15 and 24 represent two-thirds of the total.

In 2000 the National Institutes of Health released a report titled "Scientific Evidence on Condom Effectiveness for Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention." In response to this study conducted by a diverse panel, Dr. Willard Cates Jr., a researcher for Family Health International, expressed concern about the possibility of misinterpretation of some of the negative aspects of condoms found by the study. In a 2002 editorial he wrote," this negative interpretation might serve to discourage condom use and thus enhance the spread of STDs." He went on to write, "Thus, we need a positive spin to our messages to encourage their use."

Is it condom spin? You decide.

The back of a Durex condom box states, "Durex High Sensation Condoms set you free to enjoy the pleasure of sex while being confident that you're protected." (emphasis added) The next paragraph states, "If used properly, Durex latex condoms will help reduce the risk of . . . catching or spreading HIV infection (AIDS) and many other sexually transmitted diseases." (emphasis added) Planned Parenthood claimed that the NIH study on condom effectiveness "confirmed that condoms are the best method for sexually active people to prevent STDs." (emphasis added).

The report did conclude that condoms could reduce the risk of HIV and gonorrhea. However, concerning the other six STDs studied, the panel reported "because of limitations in study designs there was insufficient evidence from the epidemiological studies on these diseases to draw definite conclusions about the effectiveness of the latex male condom in reducing the transmission of these diseases." The study did not say condoms prevented HIV and gonorrhea but that the risk was reduced. If a condom is used 100% of the time, one has a 50/50 chance of contracting gonorrhea and a 15% chance of contracting HIV. What happens to those individuals in the 15 %? They die; the condom did not prevent HIV. Knowing the extent of the personal risk means a lot to any person in that 15%.

The seriousness of the HIV issue drives the pro-condom debate, but what about the lack of evidence showing that condoms reduce the risk of other "hidden" STDs?

A 2000 CDC study on the trends of STDs found that of the 15 million newly infected people with STDs each year, only 1% of them are infected with HIV. The study also showed that among teenagers the most common STDs include chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and human papillomairus, HPV.

· Chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and infertility if untreated. The Medical Institute for Sexual Health reported that 85% of women with Chlamydia show no symptoms, leaving the disease often undetected until it is too late.

· According to the CDC, each year one million people contract herpes, and 90% of those infected are unaware they carry the incurable disease. This disease causes reoccurring painful ulcers and increases the risk of one becoming infected with HIV.

· The most common viral STD is HPV, and this incurable disease infects 5.5 million people every year. The National Institutes of Health reported that HPV causes 93% of all cervical cancers. Ironically, Planned Parenthood spinned this statistic as an "anti-choice radical" myth to distort "scientific fact in order to discourage condom use." HPV goes undetected by 70% of those with the disease. As reported by the American Cancer Society and the CDC, more deaths occurred in 1999 due to HPV than AIDS.

According to Dr. John Diggs, Jr., "[for HPV] there is evidence that condoms do not work. For [other STDs], there is insufficient evidence that [condoms] do work. In either case, it is dishonest public health policy to tell people to use them for prevention when it is not provable that they work."

With millions of teens contracting these STDs each year, the false sense of condom protection projected by authority figures (schools) is reprehensible. According to an American Family Physician journal, the number of sexual partners is linked directly as the most important risk factor in contracting an STD. Therefore the only true "preventive" measure against STDs is abstinence until marriage. Pro-condom groups criticize this prescription arguing that it is either dangerous to repress sexual urges or people lack the self-control, especially teens. The message teens receive about sex will shape their decisions with consequences that affect the rest of their lives. Condoms endorse "safe sex," yet when measured by the data, promiscuous sex even with condoms is still not at all "safe."

Our founding father George Washington wisely pointed out, "Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses."

How many "failures"- death, disease, emotional devastation - do we have to encounter before we quit spinning excuses for condoms and promiscuous sex?


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: birthcontrol; condoms; cwa; safesex; society; std
Our founding father George Washington wisely pointed out, "Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses."
1 posted on 06/26/2003 4:15:04 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah; Desdemona; Polycarp; cpforlife.org; RomanCatholicProlifer
ping
2 posted on 06/26/2003 4:16:06 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Cool. This gives me a good excuse not to use condoms anymore. They don't work anyway.
3 posted on 06/26/2003 4:21:12 PM PDT by squidly
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To: squidly
"Spin-On" condoms?

Is that like a "screw-top" wine cap?

Are they compatible?
4 posted on 06/26/2003 4:26:01 PM PDT by autoresponder (. . . . SOME CAN*T HANDLE THE TRUTH . . . THE NYT ESPECIALLY!)
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To: nickcarraway
The Spin on Condoms

Sounds painful. I've only tried the roll-on and pull-on types.

5 posted on 06/26/2003 4:30:03 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: nickcarraway
I worked in the elastomeric medical barrier protection business for seven years as an R&D engineer.

There is no such thing as a natural rubber latex (NRL) condom that doesn't leak; they all have a degree of porosity. Satisfactory performance is usually determined by an acceptable leak rate of air.

NRL does repel seminal fluid and blood borne pathogens, but given frequent use, one eventually will find a serious leaker, especially among the products shipped to the third whirled.

NRL also has shelf life and thermal stability issues that reduce its mechanical integrity. It also has the propensity to induce an allergic response in those subjected to frequent extended use (prostitutes are prime candidates there). The allergic response is usually a contact dermatitis that can leave the user more susceptible to infection or more capable of transmitting the pathogen.
6 posted on 06/26/2003 4:31:58 PM PDT by Carry_Okie
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
"The Spin on Condoms
Sounds painful. I've only tried the roll-on and pull-on types."

No, no, you've got it wrong.
This means that after you do the "roll-on and pull-on" that you *then* spin your partner around your newly established "axis".
7 posted on 06/26/2003 4:34:30 PM PDT by John Beresford Tipton
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To: nickcarraway
I found that "spin-on" condoms tend to leak more than the roll, pull and tug variety! But that's just me.

8 posted on 06/26/2003 4:35:46 PM PDT by lawdude (Liberalism: A failure every time it is tried.)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
Does this replace the cork screw?
9 posted on 06/26/2003 4:36:25 PM PDT by whereasandsoforth
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
The tough part is suffering through getting it threaded to accept the universal spin on condom..
10 posted on 06/26/2003 4:47:44 PM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: nickcarraway
Everyone has already made all the good jokes.
11 posted on 06/26/2003 4:48:54 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog (Not all those who wander are lost)
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To: whereasandsoforth
"Honey, This might be the wine talking but......

...I think I want MORE wine".

12 posted on 06/26/2003 4:50:35 PM PDT by JOE6PAK (Ambivalent? Well, yes and no.)
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To: joesnuffy
Also, some of us have course threads and others have very fine threads. Some, microfine.
13 posted on 06/26/2003 4:51:18 PM PDT by Bluntpoint
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To: HairOfTheDog
More like overdone the jokes...
14 posted on 06/26/2003 4:52:36 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Bluntpoint
Also, some of us have course threads and others have very fine threads. Some, microfine.

,,, you've been peeping?

15 posted on 06/26/2003 4:56:10 PM PDT by shaggy eel
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To: shaggy eel
Better "peeping" than "tweaking!"
16 posted on 06/26/2003 5:48:08 PM PDT by Bluntpoint
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To: joesnuffy
The tough part is suffering through getting it threaded to accept the universal spin on condom..

LMAO - thanks for the mental picture!

17 posted on 06/26/2003 5:57:28 PM PDT by Cathryn Crawford (...you doping libertine!)
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To: joesnuffy
Let's not forget to mention the real decision - - right hand thread or choose left hand thread?
18 posted on 06/26/2003 9:52:54 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon liberty, it is essential to examine principles - -)
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To: nickcarraway
Yeah, looking at the CFWA website, and see they have NO agenda at all.


Now remember kids, don't use condoms. That will significantly reduce the rate of transmission of STDs.
19 posted on 06/27/2003 12:09:25 AM PDT by Skywalk
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To: Skywalk
"Yeah, looking at the CFWA website,
and see they have NO agenda at all."

He doesn't have to look at their website to know they have an agenda,
he just happens to agree with it and is trying to push it here.

Push it here, shove it "there".
20 posted on 06/27/2003 1:01:44 AM PDT by John Beresford Tipton
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To: Skywalk; John Beresford Tipton; Canticle_of_Deborah
Who exactly doesn't have an ``agenda.'' I think anyone who bothers to come to Free Republic does. Who doesn't care what's happening in our country/the world? Besides, should we suppress a scientific fact because it doesn't fit with someone's ``agenda?''
21 posted on 06/27/2003 9:52:16 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Truth is always a good agenda.
22 posted on 06/27/2003 5:11:40 PM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: John Beresford Tipton; Skywalk
See #6 for a scientific insider's opinion on the matter. He looks pretty objective to me.
23 posted on 06/27/2003 5:12:53 PM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: Carry_Okie
"...but given frequent use, one eventually will find a serious leaker..."

You're only suppose to use them once, then throw them away.

24 posted on 06/27/2003 5:15:27 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack
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To: Joe 6-pack
You're joking, right?
25 posted on 06/27/2003 5:17:13 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (California! See how low WE can go!)
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To: Carry_Okie
I'm just "ribbing" you...
26 posted on 06/27/2003 5:19:57 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah
So if someone shows that firearms have a small level of failure or that ammunition will have a dud from time to time, that we should not own them and forget the entire gun culture?

Hmm? Oh no? Ok.

Same here. No one said condoms were 100 foolproof, that's why you don't go around bedding the entire populace.

That doesn't mean you shouldn't use them.

Besides, if you question someone who has had an STD, and they answer honestly, almost none of them got it while using a condom, that I can guarantee.
27 posted on 06/27/2003 5:23:04 PM PDT by Skywalk
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To: John Beresford Tipton
"This means that after you do the "roll-on and pull-on" that you *then* spin your partner around your newly established "axis"."

Wow! What are you doing tonight? ;-)

(just kidding!)
28 posted on 06/27/2003 5:27:30 PM PDT by proud American in Canada ("We are a peaceful people. Yet we are not a fragile people.")
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To: Skywalk
Besides, if you question someone who has had an STD, and they answer honestly, almost none of them got it while using a condom, that I can guarantee.

I was with you up until this point. Herpes, genital warts and lice are three common STDs which condoms cannot prevent.

It has been my personal and professional experience that a great number of human beings will flat out lie given the choice of being honest or getting laid.

29 posted on 06/27/2003 5:30:29 PM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: Joe 6-pack
I'm just "ribbing" you...

That's a stretch.

My point was that one cannot have conduct a sexually promiscuous lifestyle and expect condoms to keep one completely safe from transmission of blood borne pathogens. Even if the threat wasn't HIV, human papilloma virus, syphilis, gonorrhea or clamydia can get through a deficient condom and all have serious consequences.

30 posted on 06/27/2003 5:30:41 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (California! See how low WE can go!)
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To: Skywalk; Canticle_of_Deborah
One thing that this article mention is that other studies have found that almost no one is a consistent user of condoms, especially in the younger age groups. They get a false sense of security because they use condoms- but not all the time. Plus, I would imagine a lot of people with STDs don't know where they got it.

Why do you think educators should hold back this information about condom efficacy from students? How is that going to help?

31 posted on 06/27/2003 5:31:22 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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I'm waiting for the spray on versions like that "liquid bandaid" stuff.
32 posted on 06/27/2003 5:33:51 PM PDT by KneelBeforeZod (If God hadn't meant for them to be sheared, he wouldn't have made them sheep.)
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To: Skywalk; Canticle_of_Deborah
No one said condoms were 100 foolproof, that's why you don't go around bedding the entire populace.

That's the point, many of these sex ed classes basically encourage them to do just that. Just use a condom and go have fun...

33 posted on 06/27/2003 5:34:19 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Carry_Okie
"My point was that one cannot have conduct a sexually promiscuous lifestyle and expect condoms to keep one completely safe from transmission of blood borne pathogens."

See, "Joe 6-Pack's Questions For Liberals," Number 13.

34 posted on 06/27/2003 5:36:31 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah
professional experience

Perhaps I should clarify this for my own sake. I am a Registered Nurse.

35 posted on 06/27/2003 5:39:16 PM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: Joe 6-pack
I like it.

You do know that there are those who go without, just for the thrill of "the gift."
36 posted on 06/27/2003 6:07:59 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: nickcarraway
A huge Indian walks into a convenient store.

"I need a good condom" The cashier replies: "Here's a pretty good one. This should be fine."



The next day the Indian returns.

"Me go ugh. Squaw goes ugh. Condom go CAPOW!"

cashier: "Well here, try this one. It's our heavy duty condom. This can stand up to anything."



The next day the Indian returns.

"Me go ugh. Squaw go ugh. Condom go CAPOW!"

cashier: "That's insane! Here try this one. It's made out of pure tire rubber. This thing could stand up to King Kong."



The next day the Indian returns.

"Me go ugh. Squaw go ugh. Condom go ugh. Squaw go CAPOW!"
37 posted on 06/27/2003 6:28:54 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: nickcarraway
A huge Indian walks into a convenient store.

"I need a good condom" The cashier replies: "Here's a pretty good one. This should be fine."



The next day the Indian returns.

"Me go ugh. Squaw goes ugh. Condom go CAPOW!"

cashier: "Well here, try this one. It's our heavy duty condom. This can stand up to anything."



The next day the Indian returns.

"Me go ugh. Squaw go ugh. Condom go CAPOW!"

cashier: "That's insane! Here try this one. It's made out of pure tire rubber. This thing could stand up to King Kong."



The next day the Indian returns.

"Me go ugh. Squaw go ugh. Condom go ugh. Squaw go CAPOW!"
38 posted on 06/27/2003 6:28:54 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
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