CDC Recommends Abstinence as Primary HPV Prevention Strategy
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent a report to Congress last week recommending that abstinence or monogamy should be used as the primary prevention strategy for human papillomavirus (HPV), angering women's rights and health advocates. According to Kaiser, the report did not recommend using condoms as a primary prevention strategy for HPV.
According to the Feminist Majority Foundation's medical director, Dr. Beth Jordan, "this administration's ideological spin promoting abstinence flies in the face of reality. People in this country - even young people - are sexually active. We must empower them with comprehensive sex education so that they can make smart and responsible choices for themselves."
Meanwhile, President's Bush's recent budget request asks for a doubling in abstinence-education funds - most of which would go to new community based abstinence education program that will be run by the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, reports the Washington Times. While Bush wants to increase budget expenditures in these programs up to $140 million this year, these programs have never been proven effective. The concern raised by women's health advocates is that by not stressing condom usage, young people will be at greater risk for other sexually transmitted infections.
3/7/2014 Study Finds Continuing Gender Gap in Medical Research - Although 20 years have passed since the government instituted legislation requiring adequate female representation in medical studies, a recent study finds that a significant sex and gender gap still persists in medical research.
"Sex-Specific Medical Research: Why Women's Health Can't Wait" by researchers at the Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Jacobs Institute at George Washington University Hospital finds that scientists still fail to account for differences between males and females. . . .