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BY Jim Cosgrove

October 10-16, 1999 Issue | Posted 10/10/99 at 2:00 PM


Condoms are often promoted as means of preventing sexually transmitted diseases. But condoms, whether used correctly and consistently or not , don't prevent the spread of a sexually transmitted disease called human papillomavirus, or HPV.

The disease, which has infected some 24 million Americans, is the most common incurable sexually transmitted disease in the United States.

Apart from its visible symptoms, the disease has been linked to more than 90% of all invasive cervical cancers, which claim the life of some 5,000 women a year.

It remains true that sexual abstinence outside of marriage is the only effective protection against sexually transmitted diseases.

Family Research Council Washington Watch, Sept. 28