Abstinence Key to Avoiding Sex Disease; CDC Also Recommended Monogamy, but Did Not Tout Condom Use
Byline: Cheryl Wetzstein, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The best ways to protect against a widespread sexual disease are to abstain from sexual relations or stay in a monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner, a federal health agency says in a report that downplays condom use.
"The surest way to eliminate risk for future genital [human papillomavirus] infections is to refrain from any genital contact with another individual," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in its report to Congress released last week.
If sexually active, the best way to avoid HPV is by having only one uninfected partner, says the report issued by CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding.
All sexually active women should get regular cervical screenings, and women and men not in monogamous relationships should reduce the number of sexual partners and choose partners who haven't had a lot of sexual partners, it says.
The report surprisingly does not recommend condoms as a "primary prevention strategy" for HPV.
"While a few studies on genital HPV and condom use showed a protective effect, most studies ... did not show a protective effect," it says. "The available scientific evidence is not sufficient to recommend condoms as a primary prevention strategy" for HPV.
The report says, however, that consistent condom use is useful because evidence suggests that it is likely to reduce some HPV transmission and/or block other sexual infections. …