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To: gondramB; HerzogAEH
"The STD rise correlate with the decreased emphasis on education and birth control under the current administration."

I doubt this, too.

It's certainly not true in California, where 96 percent of the school districts provide "comprehensive" sexual health education (promoting and providing free access to contraception and abortion), and all California schools have been required to teach HIV/AIDS prevention education since 1992.

California law prohibits 'abstinence-only' education in the public schools. In addition, California may be the only state in the country that has refused to accept millions of federal dollars for abstinence education.

California is the state that reports 1.1 million new cases of STI's: in the 15-24 age group, diseases such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HPV and HIV now infect almost one out of every four young Californians.

"Teens have sex."

Some do, some don't. Age of sexual debut goes down, and frequency of intercourse and numbers of partners tend to go up with the availability of contraceptives, till you get figures like those found in the ultimate sexual wonderland of California.

The use of condoms is linked to increased rates of both pregnancy and abortion, due to the slip-rip-and-drip, wear-and-tear factors, plus the fact that adolescents are the very worst demographic group in terms of reliably using a condom EVERY TIME.

So when the pregnancy rate goes up,the omnicompetent government pubic authorities tend to opt for hormonal contraception instead (pills, implants, injectables, patches, NuvaRing and the rest) which enhances the infection rate due to chemical changes in the female endometrium.

So there ya go. (a) Condoms = more pregnancies. (b) Hormonal contraception = more STI's. Then there's (c) Promiscuity = more depression and suicide attempts, especially (again) in females.

But I guess that's a price some adults are willing to pay. Especially if they're in some way in a position to benefit from the status sexualis quo: "Teens have sex."

68 posted on 11/20/2007 9:03:58 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Whatever things are true, whatever are noble, just, pure, lovely--- brethren, think on these things.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Here is the CDC's STD trend report from 2000 You'll notice every single major STD was trending down.

It was when the abstinence was pushed instead of safety and when protection and barriers were deemphasized following the 2000 election that rates began to rise again, reversing decades of progress.

In contrast, here is a graph from the 2004 report - you can already see the effects. This is pattern repeated throughout the data. I'm sure the abstinence education folks are well meaning but the end result is more sick teens, more unwanted pregnancies and more abortions.

Now there is blame to be shared - the gay community in particular has moved away from emphasizing barriers. Here in Atlanta I have actually seen "bareback parties" advertised. It would not surprise me to find that is also a problem California. Many of these men are also active with girls or women so it effect the larger population.

But in the end - one of the cheapest things we can do to reduce healthcare costs and abortions is to make barriers freely and widely available.
69 posted on 11/20/2007 9:36:48 AM PST by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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