Friday, June 23, 2006

No glove? Then No Love! HPV risks reduced by half simply by doing the jimi thing!

Sarah Goldstein via Broadsheet on Salon reports "News flash! Condoms protect against HPV" citing a new and apparently solid study done at the U of Washington and funded by the feds National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Not a perfect solution but a good start and I'd rather cut risks by half than not.

With the new HPV vaccine coming on to the market the combination sounds promising yet the next battle is whether it will be mandatory and paid for by insurance and/or the government. I'd love to see this of course yet if parents decide to opt their kids out of the vaccine I can live with that, as long as they are given the full information before they make their decision. If this "education" is required of women in some locations before they can make their own reproductive decisions then I'd think the logic could be extended in the other direcction. As a bonus, the information conveyed might convince the kids to keep their clothes on a little longer! Or at least strap on jimi before they they get busy.

Of course the Dobsonites and other Reich Wingers preaching "abstinence only" approaches, including the Bu$hCo cabal, will continue to live in fantasy land I fear. While part of their "thinking" resonates with me, the manner in which they wall off the need for comprehensive sex education quickly gets my Scots up. Peace ... or War!