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Condom Effectiveness? - US Gov: Condom Effectiveness Limited Against Many STDs

Scientific Evidence on Condom Effectiveness for Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Prevention.

After years of promoting condoms as effective in preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, a panel of experts headed by the National Institutes of Health and including the Centers for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, and the US Agency for International Development admitted, in a report released in July 2001, that there was a lack of scientific evidence that the use of latex condoms provides significant protection against many common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including such widespread STDs as human papilloma virus, chancroid, syphilis, and trichomoniasis.

The report further found that condoms provides virtually no protection for women against HPV, an STD which can lead to cervical cancer, which kills more women in the U.S. than die from AIDS each year.

The same report found that correct and consistent condom use offers limited protection against HIV/AIDS (85% risk reduction or 15% failure rate) and against gonorrhea (50% risk reduction).

Other studies show that, if used correctly every time, condoms reduce the risk of infection of Chlamydia (which, along with gonorrhea, can damage fallopian tubes, causing etcopic pregnancies and infertity) and Genital Herpes, which is an incurable and lifelong infection, by 50% at best.

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