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Re: Medical Journalist Says Reliance on Condoms Spreads HIV/AIDS
Nov 27, 2006

Dr. Bob,

The "medical journalist's" report was amazingly idiotic. Why would anyone in their right mind believe such a thing? I notice you sometimes comment on the religious right. Why bother? It would seem common sense is all one needs to dispell their myths.

Stan

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello Stan,

Why even bother commenting on the religious right? Well, for starters, how about the fact these folks vote! They have the power to elect presidents and congressmen and congresswomen. These folks and some of the folks they elected actually believe dinosaurs lived two by two on Noah's Ark and that man was created from dirt and divine breath in a garden with a talking snake. Despite a century of scientific discovery proving the extreme oldness of life and even greater antiquity of the Earth, more than 50% of Americans believe the entire cosmos was created 6,000 years ago. By the way, that's about a thousand years after the Sumerians invented glue! Apparently common sense isn't doing the trick here!

So why is this a problem for HIVers? Well, 44% of Americans are quite confident Jesus is going to return to Earth within the next 50 years. This type of thinking carries with it great liabilities. If half of the American population is eagerly anticipating the end of the world, they obviously have no incentive to worry about or create a stable future society or even a sustainable civilization. No reason to cure AIDS or cancer, to fix global warming or the environment or to work toward a stable geopolitical or economic future. Perhaps that's why they can devote immense energy to so-called "moral" issues gay marriage, abortion, preventing embryonic stem-cell research (President Bush's first veto of his six-year "Reign of Error!"). I worry about a world in which millions of Christians hope to soon be raptured into the stratosphere to safely enjoy a sacred genocide! Isn't it time we all helped these misguided folks come to their senses? Not only because of HIV/AIDS and lies about condom efficacy, but for the common good of all mankind as well! I'll reprint the question you reference below.

Dr. Bob

Medical Journalist Says Reliance on Condoms Spreads HIV/AIDS Nov 26, 2006

Medical Journalist Says Reliance on Condoms Spreads HIV/AIDS

By Gudrun Schultz

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 23, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A medical journalist has added her voice to claims that the explosion in HIV/AIDS infection rates is directly linked to reliance on condom use as a virus preventative.

Writing for Crisis Magazine, prize-winning investigative journalist Sue Ellin Browder said the growing consensus among public health professionals is that condoms should only be used as a last measure of protection for persons involved in extremely high-risk activity such as sex-trade work.

Zenit News Agency reported yesterday on Browders conclusions. So far, theres no good evidence that condoms will reverse population-wide epidemics like those in sub-Saharan Africa, Browder wrote. She offered evidence that dramatic increases in condom distribution in African nations paralleled an explosion in HIV/AIDS infection rates within the population.

Citing statistics from South Africa, Browder stated that condom distribution between 1994 and 1998 leaped to 198 million from 6 million, but death rates from HIV/AIDS in the years between 1997 and 2002 saw a massive 57 per cent increase.

A report from the UNAIDS agency in 2003 confirmed the dangers of relying on condoms to protect against the HIV/AIDS virus. The report showed that condoms are ineffective in protecting against HIV an estimated 10% of the time. That estimate, although itself a major blow to population control activists who have consistently claimed condoms to be 100% effective, is still far lower than some studies which have shown more than a 50% failure rate.

Ms. Browders report echoes the warnings of multiple medical experts, among them Dr. Norman Hearst of the University of California, who raised the alarm on condom use as an AIDS preventative in 2004. Dr. Hearst presented statistics showing a marked correlation between increased condom sales in the African nations of Kenya, Botswana, and others, and a parallel increase in HIV rates by year.

Promoting abstinence and marital faithfulness has had the only significant measurable impact on reducing HIV infection rates in Africa. The country of Uganda has achieved an unprecedented reduction in HIV transmission rates, up to 18%, with a program known as the ABC approachA stands for abstinence and B for be faithful. C, for condom use is suggested only as a last-ditch effort to find some protection from the disease, recommended as a partial safety net for those who insist on engaging in high-risk sexual behaviour.

Most sub-Saharan African nations, following the pro-condoms model, continue to suffer from rising HIV infection rates. Ugandan surveys show a reduction in premarital sexual activity among Ugandan youth and a reduction in extramarital activity among adults, wrote Population Researcher Institutes Joseph A. DAgostino.

Ms. Browder herself has blamed the sexual revolution in Western society for leading directly to todays AIDS epidemic, stating that, If truth be told, the revolution has been a disaster. Today we have more than two dozen varieties [of sexually transmitted disease], from pelvic inflammatory diseaseto AIDS (which presently infects 42 million people worldwide and has already killed another 23 million), in an article for Crisis Magazine in 2004.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

"Medical journalist?" Hmmm . . . faith-based pseudo-science crack-pot-journalist would be more accurate.

Let me quote the stated mission of CRISIS Magazine:

"The mission of CRISIS Magazine is to interpret and shape the direction of contemporary culture from a standpoint of Catholic tradition. We are dedicated to the proposition that the crisis of modernity can be answered by a Christian humanism rooted in the teachings of the Catholic Church. We bring the wisdom of the Catholic tradition into direct dialogue with contemporary politics and culture."

Need I say more? These folks are concerned about the "crisis of modernity" and therefore reject sound scientific facts, such as condoms are very effective in preventing HIV, for faith-based bullshit, such as the nonsense in the article you quote.

Dr. Bob



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