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Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Josh Miller

As a child of the 90's, I can tell you where most of the confusion comes from: the rate of condom failure.

When I was growing up, society (and science/researchers) propagated the belief that condoms are a sure-fire way to guarantee that you won't end up with AIDS. In "reality" (since that seems to be the buzz word of the post), condoms appear to have a success rate of about 85% (though this number has been criticized by some as far too liberal) -- a far cry from the sure-fire protection presented to my generation in regard to "safe"/"safer" sex.

Meanwhile, nobody's trotting out celebrities (like they did in my youth) to get on T.V. and say condoms are dubious in terms of HIV prevention. Nobody's out there saying abstinence is the only safe guarantee.

Thus, should we really be surprised when folks with a 90's take on things are ignorant concerning new research?

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