2.How often do condoms burst?
Studies do not agree on an exact burst rate. Many studies on condom effectiveness have counted how often women whose partners used birth control condoms and became pregnant. This "failure rate" includes cases where the couple did not use a condom every time they had sex or used condoms incorrectly. Some studies have included the times when the condom was accidentally torn by the people who used them. Studies in other countries about overflow caused by defects in the condom itself show an overflow rate ranging from 0% to 7%. In the United States, most studies show that the overflow rate is less than 2 for each 100 condom, probably less than 1 for 100.
(CDC Bulletin, 28 January 1993, also talking about the Truth About Condoms.)
Studies have shown that condoms are effective 98 when used correctly. (Other studies show effectiveness even better) So if you are having sex, use a condom, and learn to use a condom. use it correctly.
Now, about sex education: no scientific study has proven the effectiveness of sexual abstinence. In fact, three studies have shown that abstinence based on education is having no effect; adolescents continue to have sex. (S. Christopher and M. Roosa, "An Evaluation of a Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Program," and "Just Say Quite for No": Family Relations, 39: 1990-68, M. Roosa, and S. Christopher , "Evaluation of a Single Abstinence Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, A Replication, Family Relationships, 72 (39), 1990-363, and SR Jorgensen, V. Potts, and B. Camp, Six Month Follow-Up a Pregnancy Prevention Program for Teens, Family Relationships, 367 (42): 1993-401.)
On the other hand, there is convincing evidence that "inclusive education" or "reality-based" (the kind we advocate) is effective. Countries such as England, Wales, France, and the Netherlands that have adapted to reality-based sex education have had adolescent pregnancy rates reduced from two to seven times although sexual activity rates remain approximately the same (50-60 %),! (EF Jones et al., Pregnancy "Teenager in developed countries: policy determinants and implications.") Birth control PERSPECTIVES, 17 (2), 1985, 53-63.)
So why are people claiming that the exact opposite is true? It's hard to say; but I know there is a very conservative and fanatically religious group who are spreading lies about safe sex and sex education in an effort to impose their moral system around the world without regard to the catastrophic consequences for our lives, freedom, and persecution of happiness ". Fight back with the facts.
Editor's Note: The truth about condoms is that it can never be proven that the encouragement of sexual abstinence would be effective against HIV and AIDS. After my seroconversion I never connected with anyone else without the use of condoms and thanks to that I never transferred the virus to another host!
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