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Unformatted text preview: CULTURE Half of young people will contract The evangelists of the sexual revolution : claimed to be theinstrumentsol‘liberation. who would set our culture l'ree from the “oppressive” strictures ol‘ ludeo~Clnistian tradition. .\low, however, such “free love" is demanding pay back, and tllcfnw‘imi maybe enslavin its ‘l'ttCllllOltCl'SlttAlli-(‘- ‘ time 1i H ' ‘ the chains oldebilitating and deadly diseases. ST Ds, according to new study sued byACd said the lifetime medical costs for treating these S'l'Dsijust among the 15 to 24 age group — was 56.5 billion.“'l'he large number of inl‘ections acquired by persons aged 15724 and the high cost pet-case olK'iral STDs. particularly l'll\’,create a substantial economic burden,“ the report said. The health ramifications are also trotr bling. Ni cons» This is especially troublingamongthe nation's youth._r\__ new studv revea s _ her ol‘voung people ' are becoming ll v l‘ected with sexually transmitted diseases (STDsl. Released by the Alan (juttmacher In; stitute (Mill, the age 25, hall. of all American youth will hfle contracted an The report was published in Perspec— ported. lit e: m r Sexual r and Re- prorincrir'eHertltlr, the organization’s peri- odical. The data used in the studv came l'rom - the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lCDC}, and the numbers are sta reriu 1. Out ol'the approximately 18.9 million new STD infections reported to the CDC in 3000.9.1 million were found in young people ages 13 to 24. Moreover, the study said, while that age group represents only 35% of the sexually experienced population who are age 1574-1. “young people acquire nearly onevbalf of all new STDs.“ Such infections do not come cheap for the rest ol‘the culture. A second report is- STD epidemic Of the nearly 19 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases reported to the 0.8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2000. the number contracted by young people be- tween the ages of 15 and 24 was approximately 9 million. orjust fewer than halfthe new cases reA Source: ALAN GUTTMACHER INSlllUTE spew—Esau all be serious, al- though they vary 7 from possible infer- tility in women tal warts and c ‘ "- cancerthumanpap- illomavirus l, to eyen— tual death (HIV). Ongoing debate The alurmingfig- ures are certain to continue l'uelingthe tires or the ongoing public policyclebates concerning, whether an abstinence—only or safessex approach is best in comb-ailing teen STDs. AGI‘S recommen- dations ol‘ condoms and sale-sex training, for youth are no surprise: the orga— ll] DI'C nization was origi- nally created as part of Planned Parenthood Federation ol’America. and is still affiliated with that group. Planned Parenthood vehemently opposes abstinence- only education. Pro-lamilygroups continueto advocate abstinence as the only surefire pyeventiou I'ot' STDs. Cindy Bailey, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Family Institute, told 13am, ily News in Focus,”‘\\’econtinue to tell young people and old people alike that condoms will protect them From sexually transmit- 4 AFA JOURNAL May 2004 ted diseases or infections. That‘s not re— ally true." Others agree. In 200] .for example. rep- resentatives ol' the ll),tlllt)-men‘tber Phy— sicians Consortium criticized the CDC be- cause it had been less than up front with the public about the efficacy of condoms. For example, the Consortium said the were only 85% el'l'ective in helping prevent l'ered even less protection against 5Tle such as Ionorrhea. chlamydia. and geni— tal herpes. The medica group referred to a report issued by the National Institutes ol'l lealth which found no conclusive SC]? entilic evidence that condoms prevented the transmission of most sexually trans— mitted diseases. However, a you ng person‘s pledge of abstinence is not a magic bullet.either. New research by Columbia and Yale universi— ties found that teens who iledged to ref main virr' ‘ ‘ria w have the same STD rates as those who don’t sledge ab— stinence. The results were presented in March at the National STD Prevention Conlerence in Philadelphia. Those who advocate safe-sex education explained the results byclaimingthat those who pledge virginity are less likely to use condoms when they do have sex. - Abstinence promoters. however, a rgue that the studyonly indicates that teens need more support from parents and other adults so they can keep their pledges. They point to the study's upside: those who made a public pledge to abstain until mar- riage did, in tact. delay sex, have I'ewer sexual partners, and get married earlier. wv.tr.gulln‘lat:‘ter.0rg. 3/23ftl-i; USA today. 3‘10_ID4: 2,-‘25r04; AgapePress. 3'12/041 tau-tutormlyorg. 3i 10,04 ...
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