By way of introduction I justify redundancy in this thing:
The Truth About Condoms.
What causes me nausea is one who has begun to instill in people's heads that the non-safe condom. This, my experience says, is for English to see and serve as a foothold for the lever that will try to facilitate, or stimulate, the continued use of PrEP by "everyone." The truth is that condoms have been the only effective way to avoid a catastrophe of Dantesque proportions with a spread Of HIV infections that I come to fear (with the forgiveness of the bad word).
Some ten years ago, cases of HIV infection among young people, and even children, because a person who contracted HIV at the age of thirteen is, in summary, a raped child.
No one, I mean the "big ones", does anything to prevent, avoid or minimize the chaos that is gradually and gradually settling in the bosom of "our society", very efficient in pounding pots but completely defenseless and apalermada in what Educate their sons and daughters in relation to healthy sexuality and it is strictly necessary to instill in these spirits still juveniles or pubescent, that AIDS exists and that The Truth About Condoms Is that they are one hundred percent efficient and that PrEP should be adopted as a safety resource for, for example, health professionals who have many risks with respect to "sharp cutting" accidents.
Is that what you wish for your children?
Each to speak, act and answer for themselves ...
Several people say that condoms are unsafe and sex education and condom use are ineffective in preventing illness and unwanted pregnancy. They are wrong, and it is time to clear things directly.
It is important to know where the affirmations come from, so that you can verify and judge the probity of the source. So, for information on condom reliability, let's look at what the CDC (a US Department of Health and Human Services Department) really has to say.
Below are quotes from CDC pamphlets:
There have been recent reports of occurrence holes in the latex condom and that these holes would be large enough for HIV to cross. Why the CDC recommends even condoms to prevent HIV infection?
Reports on latex holes appear to have originated from an article in a scientific journal on latex gloves, not condoms. Holes as large as 5 microns in diameter were evidently identified in latex used on gloves. However, gloves are only immersed once in the latex when they are made, while the condoms are immersed twice in the latex. It is acceptable for latex gloves to fail water leak tests at a rate of 40 per thousand, while only 4 failures in the water leak test per 1,000 condoms are allowed before the entire group is rejected. While holes have been found and allow passage of HIV into natural membrane preservatives, latex condoms do not allow HIV to pass, unless the condom is damaged or torn. Used correctly, latex condoms are effective in reducing the risk of HIV infection.
(Truth About Condoms by CDC Bulletin, 1 July 1992.)
1. Can HIV "seep" through microscopic holes in latex condoms?
The FDA published a study done between July and August 1992 on STDs determined that HIV could pass through the condom holes under labor conditions of intense stress. These conditions included higher "virus" (viral load) concentrations than are normally found in human semen, and forces that mimicked 10 minutes of pressure AFTER ejaculation. Most latex condoms did not allow the leak of absolutely nothing. The worst condom found would still reduce the risk of exposure around 10,000 times, only 1 HIV virus could leak into 1 of all 90 condoms. In other tests performed under "normal conditions," HIV does not pass through a latex condom that is not torn or broken.
2.Quão often burst condoms?
The studies do not agree on an exact rate overflow. Many studies on the effectiveness of condoms counted how often women whose partners used condoms for birth control and became pregnant. This "fee" failure includes cases where the couple did not use a condom every time they had intercourse or have used condoms incorrectly. Some studies included the times the condom was torn accidently by the people who used them. Studies in other countries, on overflow caused by defects in the condom itself show a burst rate ranging from 0% to 7%. In the United States, most studies show that the overflow rate is less than 2 for each 100 preservatives, probably for less than 1 100.
(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 it. 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 to 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 of A Pregnancy Prevention Program for Teens, Family Relations, 367 (42): 1993-401.)
On the other hand, there is convincing evidence that "inclusive education" or "based on reality" (the kind that we advocate) is effective. Countries like England, Wales, France and the Netherlands that have adapted to sex education based on the reality of the facts had the teen pregnancy rates reduced from two to seven times while sexual activity rates remain about the same (50-60 %)! (EF Jones et al, pregnancy "Teenager in developed countries: determinants and implications".. Policy birth control PROSPECTS, 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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