Are Condoms Foolproof, or for Fools?
While using a condom, you can still become pregnant.
Condoms have an annual contraceptive failure rate of 18.4 percent for girls
under age 18. (1) And among young, unmarried, minority women the annual
failure rate is 36.3 percent; among unmarried Hispanic women it is as high
as 44.5 percent.(2)
(1)“Contraceptive Failure Rate in the U.S.: Estimates
From the 1982 Natl. Survey of Family Growth,” M.D. Hayward and J. Yogi,
Family Planning Perspectives, Sept/Oct. 1986, p. 204
(2)“Contraceptive Failure Rate in the U.S.: Revised
Estimates From the 1982 Natl. Survey of Family Growth,” E.F. Jones and
J.D. Forrest, Family Planning Perspectives, May/June 1989, p. 103
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Condoms provide even less protection against sexually
transmitted diseases (STDs) than they do against pregnancy.
That’s because a woman can get pregnant only at
ovulation time (two to three days each month), but a sexually transmitted
disease can pass from partner to partner at any time of the month.
Venereal diseases frequently spread through “skin
to skin” contact even when condoms are used. This can happen because the
bacterial or viral germs that cause many serious STDs (such as human papilloma
virus, chlamydia, herpes and syphilis) do not infect just one place on
your body. They may infect anywhere in the male or female genital areas.
So even if the virus or bacteria doesn’t get through the condom itself,
you can still get a disease, because condoms don’t cover all areas necessary
to prevent infection during sexual contact.
Health Experts Say. . .
Many leading health experts warn that you should
not depend on condoms for protection against AIDS and other STDs:
“Simply put, condoms fail. And condoms fail at
a rate unacceptable for me as a physician to endorse them as a strategy
to be promoted as meaningful AIDS protection.”
– Dr. Robert Renfield, chief of retro-viral research, Walter Reed Army
Source: “Condom ‘Cure’ Questioned by Top AIDS Researcher,” Russell Shaw,Our
“Saying that the use of condoms is ‘safe sex’ is in fact playing
Russian roulette. A lot of people will die in this dangerous game.”
– Dr. Teresa Crenshaw, member of the U.S. Presidential AIDS Commission
and past president of the American Association of Sex Educators
Source: “Condoms: Experts Fear False Sense of Security,” The New York