Argument: Condoms are not very effective at protecting against STDs

Issue Report: Abstinence-only vs. comprehensive sex education


Robert Rector. “The Effectiveness of Abstinence Education Programs in Reducing Sexual Activity Among Youth”. Heritage. 8 Apr. 2002 – “[…] Significantly, research shows that condom use offers relatively little protection (from “zero” to “some”) for herpes and no protection from the deadly HPV. A review of the scientific literature reveals that, on average, condoms failed to prevent the transmission of the HIV virus–which causes the immune deficiency syndrome known as AIDS–between 15 percent and 31 percent of the time. It should not be surprising, therefore, that while condom use has increased over the past 25 years, the spread of STDs has likewise continued to rise.”