STDs, STIs, HIV – Archive

Percentage of Adults Aged 18–59 Years Ever Tested for HIV, by Number of Lifetime Sex Partners — National Health Nutrition Examination Survey, 2007–2010

[Visit link below to view chart] Based on response to the question, “Except for tests you may have had as part of blood donations, have you ever had blood tested for the AIDS virus infection?” Since 2006, CDC has recommended that all patients aged 13–64 years in any health care setting should be tested for HIV, regardless of the number of sex partners.     95% confidence interval. During 2007–2010, 48% of U.S. women and 41.1% of U.S. men aged 18–59 years reported having ever been tested (outside of blood donations) for HIV infection. For both men and women, an increase in the number of lifetime sexual partners increased the likelihood that they were tested for HIV. Among persons with zero lifetime sex partners, men were more likely to have had HIV testing than women (24.9% compared with 13.2%). However, among persons with 2–4, 5–9, and ≥10 lifetime sex partners, women were more likely than men to have reported any HIV testing. Source: Woodring JV, Kruszon-Moran D, Oster AM, McQuillan GM. Did CDC’s 2006 revised HIV testing recommendations make a difference? Evaluation of HIV testing in the U.S. household population, 2003–2010. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2014;67:331–40. [CDC MMWR 31 Oct 2014, 63(43); 985-985, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6343a6.htm?s_cid=mm6343a6_e...

AIDS in Uganda: Let My People Go, AIDS Profiteers!

The President’s Emergency Plan for HIV-AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has been mired in the Senate for months. Last week finally brought signs that a vote, and passage, could be near. The program would cost $50 billion — that’s $165 from each American to fight AIDS, or $1.3 billion from New York City alone. But will the money allocated for AIDS stop the spread of the virus in sub-Saharan Africa, where 76 percent of the world’s HIV-AIDS deaths occurred last year? Not if the dark dealings I’ve witnessed in Africa continue unchecked. In the fight against AIDS, profiteering has trumped prevention. AIDS is no longer simply a disease; it has become a multi-billion dollar industry. In the late 1980s, before international experts arrived to tell us we had it all “wrong,” we in Uganda devised a practical campaign to prevent the spread of HIV. We recognized that population-wide AIDS epidemics in Africa were driven by people having sex with more than one regular partner. Therefore, we urged people to be faithful. Our campaign was called ABC (Abstain, or Be Faithful, or use Condoms), but our main message was: Stick to one partner. We promoted condoms only as a last resort. Because we knew what to do in our country, we succeeded. The proportion of Ugandans infected with HIV plunged from 21 percent in 1991 to 6 percent in 2002. But international AIDS experts who came to Uganda said we were wrong to try to limit people’s sexual freedom. Worse, they had the financial power to force their casual-sex agendas upon us. PEPFAR calls for Western experts to work as equal partners...

Trends in HIV / AIDS Diagnoses, 2001-2006 (June, 2008)

Trends in HIV/AIDS Diagnoses Among Men Who Have Sex with Men — 33 States, 2001–2006   In 2008, CDC conducted an analysis of trends in diagnoses of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the 33 states* that have had confidential, name-based HIV case reporting since at least 2001. This report summarizes the results of that analysis, which indicated that the number of HIV/AIDS diagnoses among MSM overall during 2001–2006 increased 8.6% (estimated annual percentage change [EAPC] = 1.5). During 2001–2006, an estimated 214,379 persons had HIV/AIDS diagnosed in the 33 states. Of these diagnoses, 46% were in MSM, and 4% were in MSM who engaged in illicit injection-drug use (IDU) (i.e., MSM and IDU). To reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS in the United States, HIV prevention services that aim to reduce the risk for acquiring and transmitting infection among MSM and link infected MSM to treatment must be expanded.   In this report, HIV/AIDS refers to three categories of diagnoses collectively: 1) a diagnosis of HIV infection (not AIDS), 2) a diagnosis of HIV infection with subsequent AIDS diagnosis, and 3) concurrent diagnoses of HIV infection and AIDS. Reporting cases of HIV infection (not AIDS) and AIDS is now legally mandated in all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The CDC case definition for HIV infection (not AIDS) requires a positive test result from an assay approved by the Food and Drug Administration that demonstrates evidence of HIV infection; the case definition for AIDS requires meeting the HIV infection (not AIDS) case definition, plus diagnosis of...

October – May 2007: STDs/STIs

NEW! Abortion Access and Risky Sex Among Teens: Parental Involvement Laws and STDs/STIs New STD Infection Rates “4 times higher among those who used condoms during their last vaginal intercourse”: M. genitalium Surpasses Gonorrhea among Young Adults Reports AJPH Stopping Chlamydia  Syphilis Rate Rises in US Homosexual and Bisexual Men but Declines in General Population FREE Risk Assessment Tool to Help Reduce 19 Million Annual USA STD Cases… Abortion Access and Risky Sex Among Teens: Parental Involvement Laws and Sexually Transmitted Diseases Laws requiring minors to seek parental consent or to notify a parent prior to obtaining an abortion raise the cost of risky sex for teenagers. Assuming choices to engage in risky sex are made rationally, parental involvement laws should lead to less risky sex among teens, either because of a reduction of sexual activity altogether or because teens will be more fastidious in the use of birth control ex ante. Using gonorrhea rates among older women to control for unobserved heterogeneity across states, our results indicate that the enactment of parental involvement laws significantly reduces risky sexual activity among teenage girls. We estimate reductions in gonorrhea rates of 20% for Hispanics and 12% for whites. Although we find a relatively small reduction in rates for black girls, it is not statistically significant. We speculate that the racial heterogeneity has to do with differences in family structure across races.  [Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization Advance Access published online on September 4, 2007 Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, doi:10.1093/jleo/ewm041  Jonathan Klick* Thomas Stratmann** Florida State UniversityGeorge Mason University * College of Law, Florida State University. Email: [email protected] ** Department...

November 2006: STDs / AIDS

AIDS in China Becoming Like AIDS in Africa Gonorrhea Fights Back in the UK AIDS IN CHINA BECOMING LIKE AIDS IN AFRICA. Chinese health officials say that the AIDS epidemic has jumped from its original demographic of homosexuals, IV drug users, and prostitutes to the general population, and it is now being spread mainly by heterosexual sex. An official from the Ministry of Health confirmed that 1% of all pregnant women in China have been diagnosed with the disease. "That is a very high percentage. It is a generalized epidemic," he said. [“China becoming ‘like Africa’ with AIDS scourge,” Reuters Health, 10-17-06, Abstinence Clearinghouse Email Update, 18Oct06]   GONORRHEA FIGHTS BACK IN UK. Recent figures released by the Health Protection Agency show increased levels of penicillin and ciprofloxacin-resistant gonorrhea in the UK. Approximately one in five cases of the second most common bacterial std are resistant to the powerful antibiotics, and doctors have been advised to prescribe alternative medications. Health officials warn that the disease often presents with no symptoms, especially in women, and can lead to serious conditions for men, women, and unborn children. [“Increased Levels Of Antibiotic Resistance In Gonorrhoea, UK,” Medical News Today, 10-14-06; Abstinence Clearinghouse Email Update,...

Fall 2006: Herpes, HIV

Genital Herpes Virus Frequent In Teens Herpes increases the risk of HIV infection According to data presented by University of Toronto researcher Dr. Rupert Kaul at the August 2006 International AIDS conference, infection by the Herpes Simplex 2 virus results in an increased number of HIV-susceptible mucosal cells in the genital tract. The risk of HIV infection is increased by five times in North Americans with herpes and ten times in Africans. Herpes infection rates are as high as 70 percent in some parts of Africa. ["The Herpes-HIV Connection; McMaster University Professor Leads AIDS Conference Panel Exploring Risk Factors," Hamilton Spectator, 08-19-06; Abstinence Clearinghouse E-Mail Update, 8/23/06] [ed. This STD connection has been known for years.]   GENITAL HERPES INFECTIONS FREQUENT IN ADOLESCENT GIRLS. While none of the young women in the study had oral or genital herpes symptoms, some of those who tested positive for the virus were shedding it in their vaginal area, meaning it would be possible for them to transmit the infection to others, Dr. Kenneth H. Fife et al [Indiana Univ School of Medicine, Indianapolis] report. "It was something that we sort of expected to find based on the incidence of other sexually transmitted infections in this population," Fife told Reuters Health in an interview. A national survey of the US population conducted between 1988 and 1994 found that more than one in five people over 12 had blood tests that showed evidence for infection with herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV 2), the virus typically responsible for genital herpes, Fife and his team note in their report in the July issue of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. This represents...

What Are We Getting for Our HIV Dollars? (5/06)

What Are We Getting for Our HIV Dollars? Part 2 [Warning: Graphic material follows]   By Linda Harvey  May 16, 2006   At 25, the AIDS epidemic shows little progress, except for erecting an expensive bureaucracy, a thriving 'gay' lobby and a war on abstinence  . How effective are current strategies in the U.S?  . Our teens: caught in a war against abstinence  . A close look at the "battleground" state of Ohio  . What's with all the "unknown" HIV cases?  . Youth, HIV and corruption  In Part One of this article, we gave an overview of HIV/AIDS expenditures  in the U.S., and the lack of verifiable progress achieved in lowering the  incidence of HIV. We also outlined the recent aggressive campaign against abstinence-until-marriage education programs launched by the contraceptive distribution network (Planned Parenthood, SIECUS and others) in conjunction with HIV and AIDS groups.   The Ohio Example  To get a clearer picture about both abstinence education and HIV prevention efforts, let's take a closer look at one state. I have chosen my home turf, the "battleground" state of Ohio.  Ohio's 2000 census revealed that there are over 1.3 million school age children between the ages of 10 and 18 in Ohio.1 This age group is the primary target of abstinence- until- marriage education efforts. In 2005, 153,578 people, mostly students in this age range, were unduplicated clients of the largest abstinence network in Ohio, that of the Ohio Department of Health and its sub-grantee programs. With combined federal and state funding that year of over $2.1 million, that amounts to just under $14 per client. Many of these...

July 2006: HIV / AIDS

Medical Doubts About Condoms and AIDS Prevention Study Suggests Behavior is Root Cause of HIV/AIDS MEDICAL DOUBTS ABOUT CONDOMS AND AIDS PREVENTION. Journalist Speaks on a "Solution" That Has Failed in Africa. Since 1989, more than 4 billion condoms have been shipped to sub-Saharan Africa, yet the number of HIV-infected people continues to grow at an epidemic rate. Veteran medical journalist Sue Ellin Browder outlined the problem: the exploding growth of the disease was one of the greatest failures in the history of public health. Browder asks why HIV and AIDS cases have steadily increased, despite the continued efforts to supply Africans with condoms — the supposed "silver bullet" solution to the problem. Some have even argued that the Church is responsible for the deaths of millions of Africans because of its traditional moral prohibition on condom usage. However, the emerging consensus among public health professionals, according to Browder, is that at best, condoms should be the first line of defense only for extremely high-risk persons such as those involved in the commercial sex industry. One source Browder cites states the findings succinctly: "So far, there's no good evidence that condoms will reverse population-wide epidemics like those in sub-Saharan Africa." In fact, Browder argues that countries with the most condoms per man have the highest HIV infection rates. Between 1994 and 1998, the number of free condoms distributed in South Africa as part of a national campaign skyrocketed to 198 million from 6 million. However, statistics released in 2005 showed that between 1997 and 2002, death rates from HIV/AIDS in South Africa increased 57%. Browder cites additional statistics from...

July 2006: STDs, Vaccines, & Condoms

HPV Vaccine – But the Battle Against HPV Is NOT Over (several articles) 30% Still Contract HPV With Condom Use HPV VACCINE: PROGRESS, BUT THE BATTLE’S NOT OVER AGAINST HPV. Although the new human papilloma virus vaccine offers protection against the two most common strains of the virus, those that cause 70% of cervical cancers, women and their daughters can reliably avoid infection only by abstinence before marriage and faithfulness within marriage. Questions remain as to the practical long term benefits of the vaccine in older women, women in Third World countries, and the nine-year-old girls recommended to be vaccinated. As one health writer notes, “While mass mandated vaccination of 9-year old girls is being advocated, it is unknown whether vaccination prior to first sexual contact will result in a reduction in overall incidence of cervical cancer since frequent sexual contacts will likely infect women with one of the less common strains of the virus.” [“Human Papilloma Virus, Cervical Cancer, and the New Vaccine,” Bill Sardi newsletter, 06-18-06, http://www.knowledgeofhealth.com/report.asp?story=Human%20Papilloma%20Virus%20Cervical%20Cancer%20and%20the%20New%20Vaccine&catagory=Cancer,%20Infectious%20Disease; Abstinence Clearinghouse, June 21, 2006]   STUDY: EVEN WITH 100 % CONDOM USE 30% STILL CONTRACT POTENTIALLY DEADLY HPV VIRUS. A new study on condom effectiveness in protecting against the cancer-causing human papilloma virus has shown a discrediting 30% failure rate. The report, however, is being praised as a breakthrough for its claim that condom use offers “significant” protection against the virus. The study relied on the journals of 82 female university students who kept daily records of their sexual behaviour, and found that 70% of the women, who reported 100% consistent condom use, were virus-free at the end of...

May 2006: STDs / AIDS

Russia May Be on the Edge of AIDS Crisis CDC Wants Routine AIDS Testing Hepatitis B Vaccination Coverage Among Adults, 2004 Health Agency Targets Pre-Teens with Sexual Information RUSSIA SAID TO BE ON EDGE OF AIDS CRISIS. Vitaly is the face of Russia's AIDS epidemic, epitomizing many of its most troubling characteristics. "It's considered a dirty disease. People are afraid of it. It's become a joke for many. No one wants to deal with people who are infected," said Vitaly, who asked that his last name not be used because of those fears. Critics say neglect of AIDS victims by authorities and callous treatment by regular Russians are part of a culture of denial that has helped place Russia on the verge of a public health crisis, as AIDS and HIV infections spread. Russia has 334,000 officially registered HIV- or AIDS-infected people. The UNAIDS agency puts the figure at nearly 900,000 and many others say the real number is likely well over a million, around 1 percent of the country's population. The critics also believe the epidemic will deepen amid Russia's decrepit health care system, plummeting health standards, a rising tide of illegal drugs and ubiquitous discrimination. With hundreds gathering 15May  for a major AIDS conference in Moscow, international health experts continue to warn that Russian officials have been too slow to react to a problem quickly moving beyond the traditional core of at-risk people — drug users, gay men and prostitutes — into the wider population. Without dramatic policy decisions, experts warn, Russia will be overwhelmed. Russia's AIDS/HIV prevalence rate was about 1.1 percent of the population in...

Judge Says Anti-Prostitution Pledge for Federal Funds Violates Free Speech

A U.S. District judge has ruled that it is a violation of free speech rights for USAID/US gov’t to require organizations that fight AIDS to sign a pledge opposing prostitution in order to receive federal funds. This means that American funds may go to those that support sex trafficking. Ruling from New York, Judge Victor Marrero issued a preliminary injunction that will prevent USAID from demanding the pledges. The case is expected to be appealed to the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The ruling does not strike down the original statute that places restrictions on who can receive federal funds to fight AIDS but instead applies only to the USAID’s application of that statute. In May 2003, Congress passed the United States Leadership against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act (Global AIDS Act) and in December 2003, it passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA). The Global AIDS Act bars the use of federal funds to “promote, support, or advocate the legalization or practice of prostitution or sex trafficking.” TVPRA also requires that recipient organizations of anti-trafficking funds state that they do “not promote, support, or advocate the legalization or practice of prostitution.” Initially, the restrictions only applied to foreign nongovernmental organizations. However, in June 2005, USAID released its most recent policy directive on the “Anti-Prostitution Loyalty Oath” requiring all foreign and U.S.-based NGOs to have anti-prostitution and anti-sex trafficking policies before they are eligible to receive U.S. global AIDS funding. The Alliance for Open Society International (OSI) and Pathfinder International brought the suit against USAID. OSI, which is funded by billionaire liberal activist George Soros, asserted...

HIV Rate in Netherlands Up 22 Percent (4/06)

HIV RATE IN NETHERLANDS UP 22 PERCENT. In conjunction with rising STD rates across Europe, this week the Netherlands health agency RIVM reported the number of Dutch citizens diagnosed with HIV grew 22% last year over 2004. In addition, chlamydia rates were up 15 percent. Government health organizations in the country have called the figures “alarming.” [English.people.com, “Netherlands sees big rises in levels of sexually transmitted diseases,” 04/06/06, http://english.people.com.cn/200604/06/eng20060406_256298.html; Abstinence Clearinghouse E-Mail Update...

March 2006: STDs

Newly Identified Virus May Cause Prostate Cancer Chlamydia Vaccine May Be Possible STD Diagnosis in UK Up 62% NEWLY IDENTIFIED VIRUS MAY CAUSE PROSTATE CANCER. A newly identified virus tentatively called XMRV could be associated with the development of prostate cancer in men genetically predisposed to the condition, researchers reported last Friday at the 2006 Prostate Cancer Symposium held in San Francisco. Researchers theorize that XMRV may lead to chronic inflammation of the prostate leading to cancer. The new virus may be sexually transmitted, joining the ranks of cancer-causing sexually-transmitted diseases, like human papillomavirus (HPV) which can trigger cervical cancer.  Researchers hypothesize that if XMRV does cause prostate cancer, then it could potentially be used as a vaccine against the condition. [Reuters Health, “Virus May Cause Prostate Cancer, Study Hints,” 02/24/06, http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=healthNews&storyID=2006-02-24T183224Z_01_COL466603_RTRIDST_0_HEALTH-VIRUS-PROSTATE-DC.XML&archived=False; Abstinence Clearinghouse E-Mail Update, 03/01/06] RESEARCHERS CLOSER TO A CHLAMYDIA VACCINE? [researchers Harlan Caldwell and Deborah Crane] In a study released last month, Caldwell and Crane reported that antibodies to one protein may prevent infection by all 15 strains of Chlamydia. Thus far, study on the protein has been performed in test tubes with success. Now researchers plan to move to animal testing to see if the theory holds true. The side-effects of Chlamydia can be quite serious, including pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility in women. The bacteria can also can blindness. Currently, the bacteria that causes Chlamydia is treated with antibiotics. [Reuters, “Researchers See Hope for Sex Disease Vaccine,” 2Mar06, http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=1573625; Abstinence Clearinghouse E-Mail Update, 8March06] STD DIAGNOSES IN UK UP 62%. STD diagnoses in the United Kingdom are up 62 percent from just 10 years...

The Coming Economic Pandemic in AIDS Treatment? (9/05)

The World Health Organization (WHO) initiated a scale-up on global AIDS treatment in December 2003. At the time, it announced its goal to have 3 million patients under antiretroviral (ARV) therapy by the end of 2005 (so-called “3 x 5” plan).  It now reports that almost 1 million patients are receiving treatment. In other words, WHO will fall significantly short of its stated goal. But as bad as this tragedy is, an even larger tragedy looms in the distance, and it is a direct result of the WHO’s hasty and ill-conceived scale-up effort. Dr. Richard Feachem, executive director of the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, was quoted in the Financial Times of August 9 as saying: “Scale-up brings the world to a phase of long-term very substantial morally binding commitments”.  By this he meant that the world “will have to live with millions of people who will stay on antiretrovirals for the rest of their life. To turn off funding would lead to their death in a few weeks or months”. Neither Feachem nor officials at WHO, however, have offered to discuss publicly the consequences of scale-up, nor the financial implications of “morally binding commitments”. Nor have they focused public attention on an emerging economic pandemic being set in train by drug resistance in the treatment of AIDS patients. To understand why this is so, it helps to go back to late 2003 and early 2004 and examine some of the steps that WHO and their compatriots took in the effort to meet this arbitrary and self-imposed goal. On December 1, 2003 WHO announced its 3 x 5 plan....

Winter 2005: STDs/ AIDS

HIV Escalating; 20% Increase in Canada; Doubles to 40 Million Worldwide Promiscuity Linked to Later Disabilities and to Early Death More Than 1 Million in USA Infected with HIV: Abstinence Education Needed UK: New STD Diagnosis up 62% To find last month’s STD Headlines, click Current Headlines/STDs/STIs. HIV ESCALATING: 20% INCREASE IN CANADA; DOUBLES TO 40 MILLION WORLD-WIDE. There are now almost 58,000 people with HIV in Canada, up 20% from 2000, according to recently released figures from the United Nations and World Health Organization. Homosexual sex accounted for the majority of new cases, at 45%, while 25% of new cases were in women.   Ten years ago only 10% of new cases were in women. Heterosexual sex accounted for 30% of new cases, with intravenous drug use responsible for the remainder. Young women aged 15 to 29 were particularly affected, accounting for 42% of the new HIV cases in women, up from 13 percent 20 years ago.   A growing phenomena is the spread of HIV to women by so-called bi-sexual men who pass on infections acquired by homosexual sex to women sexual partners.   In the United States this is said to be an especially serious problem among black Americans. “Recent studies suggest that 30 percent of all black bisexual men may be infected with HIV, and up to 90 percent of those men do not know. CDC researchers have referred to these men as a ‘bridge’ to infection from gay men to heterosexual women…In government studies of 29 states, a black woman was 23 times more likely to be infected with HIV than a white woman, and...

August 2005: STDs/STIs

HPV Infection is an Independent Risk Factor for HIV STD Chlamydia Very Common in the USA Swaziland: Lower Teenage HIV by Promoting Abstinence IAS: HPV INFECTION IS AN INDEPENDENT RISK FACTOR FOR HIV — Infection with one subtype of the human papilloma virus (HPV) doubles the risk of becoming infected with HIV, and infection with several subtypes more than triples it, the third IAS conference heard on July 26th. Dr. Peter Chin Hong from San Francisco told the conference that the EXPLORE trial of HIV-negative [homosexual] men in four US cities (Boston, Denver, New York and San Francisco) found that 81% of men who seroconverted (became HIV-positive) during a three-year period from January 2001 to January 2004 had HPV infection, as opposed to 50% of those who did not seroconvert. Forty-three percent (43%) of seroconverters had abnormal squamous cells in the anus, as opposed to 24% of non-seroconverters. The abnormal cells were extracted on swabs. Anal cytoscopy, which would have been able to detect the patches of anal intraepthelial neoplasia (AIN – abnormal and potentially precancerous skin) these cells came from, was not performed, which probably weakened the association between HIV infection and AIN, as swabs would not have detected every person with AIN. The average number of HPV subtypes present in those infected was two. In univariate analysis, infection with one HPV subtype multiplied the risk of HIV infection by 2.0; with two subtypes by 2.4; and with three or more by 3.7. However HPV infection was also associated with both [outercourse] and crystal meth use. Once these factors were adjusted for in multivariate analysis, the association of...

July 2005: STDs/STIs

Chlamydia Common in USA New HPV Vaccines Study: Oral Contraceptives Almost Double the Shedding of Herpes II US Backs Off Stipulation on AIDS Funds How to Tackle the AIDS/HIV Scourge HIV Infections Have Increased in the Philippines; Coincides with Increased “Safe Sex” Promotion CHLAMYDIA COMMON IN THE USA As many as 1 in 20 teenage girls and women and more than 2 percent of the general population in America are infected with chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease, US researchers reported on 12 July. Pregnant women attending publicly funded clinics and economically disadvantaged youth are especially at risk of the bacterial infection, which can cause serious problems including infertility if untreated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] survey found. “STDs often have no symptoms and therefore frequently go unrecognized and undiagnosed,” said Dr. John Douglas, director of the CDC’s STD prevention programs. “Stepping up screening and prevention efforts is critical to ensuring that young people do not suffer the long-term effects of untreated chlamydia, including infertility,” Douglas said in a statement. [Well informed sexual decision-making would help most young people to eliminate the risk by avoiding sexual activity outside marriage.] CDC researchers found 2.2 percent of U.S. adults aged 14 to 39 had chlamydia. Nearly 1 in 20 women between the ages of 14 and 19 — 4.6 percent — were infected. Chlamydia is easily cured with antibiotics, but is often undiagnosed because of its causes few symptoms. Besides infertility, the infection can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain. [Reuters Health, 07/13/05; Abstinence Clearinghouse E-Mail Update, 06/20/05]   NEW HPV VACCINES must be administered to preteens who...

AAP Releases Teen Pregnancy Policy (7/05)

The American Academy of Pediatrics, through its Committee on Adolescence led by Dr. Jonathan D. Klein, published a report, “Adolescent Pregnancy: Current Trends and Issues,” in the July 2005 issue of the organization’s journal, Pediatrics.  The report is a great disappointment.  It is primarily an ideological treatise which rehashes old, failed arguments which suggest that condoms and contraceptives are the primary solution for the teen pregnancy problem.  (Fifty-seven of the 74 references are more than five years old and most new credible references on important issues have been ignored.) [Medical Institute Advisory]…  Almost as egregious as this poor scientific scholarship, however, is what was omitted.  Dr. Klein and his committee, who one would suppose care about the “whole child,” never discuss the following issues:The psychosocial impact of adolescent sexual activity.For example, sexually active adolescents, both boys and girls, are far more likely to be depressed and to attempt suicide than youth who are still virgins. Condoms and contraceptives do not solve this problem. The problem of an increasing number of lifetime sexual partners.The majority of adolescents who become sexually active frequently change sexual partners and will have an increased number of lifetime sexual partners.  An increased number of lifetime sexual partners is one of the greatest risks for acquiring a sexually transmitted infection (STI/STD). The problem of STIs among adolescents is an epidemic.1. Approximately 50 percent of adolescents who are sexually active are infected with Human Papilloma Virus.  HPV is the cause of 99 percent of cervical cancer and 99 percent of truly abnormal pap smears.  This cancer is causing about as many deaths among women as AIDS.  2....

April 2005: STDs/AIDS

African Heterosexual AIDS Myth Half of All Sexually Active Teens Will Get an STD HPV Can Increase Cervical Cancer Risk by 100 Times HPV Suspect in Prostate Cancer CDC: Condoms Do Not Protect Against HPV… AFRICAN HETEROSEXUAL AIDS MYTH –  99% of AIDS and HIV cases in Africa come from sexual transmission, virtually all heterosexual. So says the World Health Organization, with other agencies toeing the line. Massive condom airdrops accompanied by a persuasive propaganda campaign would practically make the epidemic vanish overnight.  Or would it? A determined group of 3 scientists has fought for years – with little success – to get out the message that no more than a third of HIV transmission in Africa is from sexual intercourse and most of that is anal. By ignoring the real vectors, they say, we’re sacrificing literally millions of people. These men are no crackpots. John Potterat authored 140 scholarly publications. He began working for the El Paso County (CO) health dept in 1972 and initiated the first U.S. partner-tracing program for AIDS/HIV.  Stuart Brody, soon to become a full professor in Psychology at University of Paisley in Scotland, has published over 100 such publications, including “Sex at Risk.” Economist and anthropologist David Gisselquist has almost 60 publications and is currently advising the government of India on staunching its potentially explosive AIDS epidemic. These 3 scholars note that one indicator – the role of vaginal transmission – is overplayed in Africa. It hasn’t played much of one in the U.S.  Here, 12 percent of AIDS cases are “attributed to” heterosexual transmission, meaning victims claimed to have gotten it that...