That tiny bit of print on a condom packet is at the center of a raging debate now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been asked to modify the current warning to include information about human papillomavirus, commonly called HPV or genital warts.
On one side are scientists who say condoms should be a crucial line of defence against STDs and cervical cancer. On the other side are groups that see the sale of condoms as condoning sex outside of marriage, and the dangers of HPV as proof of their argument. The new packaging essentially says that while condoms can prevent the spread of disease, there are no guarantees, inform canada.com
It's just a little bit of wording on a condom packet - so small that Justin Kleinman hadn't noticed it until he squinted to read it recently.
"This is completely pointless," the 24-year-old Chicagoan said of the warning telling him that, while condoms can help prevent the spread of some sexually transmitted diseases, there are no guarantees.
Even so, that tiny bit of print is at the center of a raging debate now that President Bush wants the Food and Drug Administration to modify the warning to include information about human papillomavirus, commonly called HPV or genital warts.
On one side are scientists who believe that condoms should be promoted as a crucial line of defense against several STDs and cervical cancer. On the other are groups that advocate waiting for sex until marriage, with HPV as an argument for their cause, report baltimoresun.com
Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a common virus that causes warts on various parts of the body, including the feet, hands and genitals. It is generally transmitted through skin-to-skin contact.
There are about 45 types of genital HPV and more than 100 types overall. Scientists say the virus is found in vertebrates of all kinds, from whales to humans. A recent report from federal Centers for Disease Control estimates that at least half of sexually active men and women acquire genital HPV infection at some point in their lives. The agency also estimates that an estimated 9.2 million sexually active teens and young adults have genital HPV.
Genital warts caused by HPV can be treated and controlled if detected early. However, if untreated in women who contract it sexually, the virus can lead to cervical cancer, which kills about 300,000 women worldwide each year, according to sfgate.com