Online Book Club Chapter 5: The Risks of Safe Sex

October 20, 2009 | Annemarie

Carrie Lukas’s fifth chapter is full of facts and statistics regarding STDs, contraception and sex education. Rather than commentate on this chapter, I have chosen to include small portions of the chapter highlighting the “Risks of Safe Sex.”

“Sex education can start as early as elementary school for America’s children. In addition to learning the birds and bees, sex education classes teach students the many benefits of contraception. Teens are encouraged to practice safe sex whenever the time comes, particularly through the use of condoms. This message is echoed on college campuses and popular culture geared toward twenty-somethings: Condoms are the responsible way to avoid the unwanted consequences of casual sex.” (pg. 45)

“In truth, sex education courses today often serve as forums to instill liberal morals and a feminist world view in students.” (pg. 46)

“A good example is the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SEICUS), a national organization that receives financial support from American taxpayers through the CDC. SEICUS advocates for much more than just comprehensive sex education, it also fights for abortion and ‘social justice.'” (pg. 46)

“According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, one in three women get pregnant at least once before the age of twenty. An estimated eight in ten teen pregnancies are unplanned and out of wedlock. About 30 percent of teen pregnancies end in abortion, which indicates that more than 250,000 teens have a pregnancy terminated each year.” (pg. 50)

” . . . the number of STD infections has continued to rise. Each year approximately ten million individuals in the fifteen to twenty-four age group contract an STD, which means that of those who are sexually active, an estimated on in three will contract an STD before age twenty-four.” (pg. 51)

“The human papillomavirus (HPV) has received increased attention in recent years due to a growing awareness of the virus’s relationship with cervical cancer . . . The CDC estimates that nearly half of all sexually active people will acquire an HPV infection during their lives.” (pg. 51)

“Dr. Meeker sums up the relationship thus: ‘The very contraceptives that have made the teenage birthrate go down have also made casual sex easier than ever, thus making the STD rate simultaneously rocket up.'” (pg. 53)

“Condoms, while reducing the risks of the transmission of many STDs, are of limited utility in protecting against several STDs of serious concern to women. A 2001 report by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases found that condoms didn’t reduce the likelihood of contracting the HPV.” (pg 54)

In closing, I would like to encourage women to consider the one method that will ensure their absolute safety from STDs — abstinence!

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