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We have all heard the publicity about how condoms provide "safe sex". I hope you didn't believe it.
Australia's most common Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) is Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). This is the biggest factor in cancer of the cervix, a potentially fatal disease. Condoms give no protection from HPV.
Almost as common is chlamydia, a major cause of sterility. Condoms offer no protection against chlamydia.
Genital herpes is painful and incurable. It risks fatal infections to babies born of infected mothers. Condoms offer no effective protection against herpes.
Condoms offer no protection against gonorrhoea for females - and only partial protection for males.
The sources of the above information are the US Department of Health, "Scientific Evidence on Condom Effectiveness for STD Protection" and the ABC website, www. abc. net. au/health/library.
There is a lot to be said for delaying sex until you marry; then marrying somebody who has done the same; then being faithful to that person for life.
Then you won't catch anything.
ARNOLD JAGO (DR)
Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 19 No 8 (September 2006), p. 14
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