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Education Reporter
NUMBER 218 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS MARCH 2004

CDC Says Condoms Won't Stop Commonest STD
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The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report in late January recommending abstinence or monogamy, not condoms, as the primary prevention strategy against human papillomavirus (HPV), a cause of genital warts and cervical cancer.

The CDC missed its December deadline to issue a report on strategies to prevent the spread of HPV as required by a law signed by President Clinton in 2000. Under pressure from Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), the agency completed the report the following month. The report states that most studies of the effectiveness of condoms in preventing HPV transmission did not show a protective effect.

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the U.S., infecting an estimated 20 million people, with 5.5 million becoming infected each year. It is believed to be the primary cause of cervical cancer, which is diagnosed in 12,000 women per year and takes the lives of 4,100 women.

Rep. Souder thanked the CDC for its report and said the next step is for the CDC to increase educational efforts about HPV.


 
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