Magazine article Reason

More Government Lies about Sex

Magazine article Reason

More Government Lies about Sex

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The U.S. Government has been promoting the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, STDs, through the so-called "safe sex" through condoms message. The government itself, in a report from the National Institutes of Health, the NIH, recently admitted that condoms do NOT protect against most STDs. The report, a review of 128 available studies, says condoms can reduce the spread of AIDS and gonorrhea, but it could not say that they reduce the spread of genital herpes, syphilis and the cancer-causing human papillomavirus virus (HPV). This report was big news. But most of the major media ignored it. Some who covered it suggested it was a conservative plot to stop people from having sex.

The media got another chance to tell the truth when former Congressman Tom Coburn, who requested that NIH study, held a Capitol Hill news conference to demand that Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, the director of the Centers for Disease Control, the CDC, resign because his agency has been disseminating false information about the effectiveness of condoms. Coburn, a doctor, was joined by Congressman Dave Weldon, another doctor, in calling for Koplan to go. A group called the Physicians Consortium, which represents 10,000 physicians, joined in the request for his resignation.

Dr. John Diggs, a spokesman for the Physicians Consortium, said, "This has all of the earmarks of a good old-fashioned medical cover-up." The group said the CDC's campaign of misinformation "has contributed to the STD epidemic in America and the suffering and even death of many of our patients." Another representative, Dr. …

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