Friday, February 13, 2009

Question Box Friday

How many STDs are there?

Today, there are more than 25 different Sexually Transmitted Diseases. In the 1970's there were only 2 significant kinds.

Why such an increase over the last 40 years? The 'safe sex' mentality is partly to blame. Teenagers and adults alike are given a flimsy latex condom and told that they are "protected." In scientific writing the word "protect" can mean anything from somewhat better than nothing to complete safety from a risk factor. Condoms to not take away the risk of contracting an STD, they merely reduce someone's risk.

With 100% condom use, which means that someone uses a condom everytime they have sex and use it properly, condoms have the below failure rates:

Gonorrhea and Chlamydia: 50 %

Syphilis: 50% to 69%


Herpes II: 60% (with 65% condom use)

HPV: No proven clinical protection

Trichomoniasis: No proven clinical protection

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