beliefs about condoms
As in so many other topics,
there is a division of belief between religious conservatives -- primarily
fundamentalist and other evangelical Christians in North America -- and others about the effectiveness of condoms.
As explained in a companion essay:
Many religious conservatives assert that condoms are
ineffective or completely useless for the prevention of STD transmission. These
beliefs have worked their way into high school abstinence-only sex education
Many mainline Christians, liberal Christians, secularists,
human sexuality researchers, public health officials, and physicians
believe that condoms are quite effective in the prevention of STD
transmission and pregnancy. Of course, they only work if they are properly stored,
properly used, and worn during every act of intercourse.
Unfortunately, the stakes are extremely high. Misinformation or
disinformation can lead to STD transmission which can lead to death in the case
If condoms are effective in the prevention of disease and
pregnancy, and are not used, then
Some people will die needlessly,
Some people will become permanently infertile,
Some girls and women will become pregnant. This will result in
an increased abortion rate and premature termination of educational careers.
If condoms are ineffective in the prevention of disease and
pregnancy, then massive educational programs are needed to promote abstinence
and the delay of sexual activity until marriage, and then only after an STD
- "Ask Myrtle," Global Protection Corp., at:
- "Abstinence Programs that Work,"
"Workshop Summary: Scientific Evidence on Condom Effectiveness for
Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Prevention," National Institute of
Allergy and Infenctions Diseases, National Institutes of Health,
Copyright © 2001 to 2009 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2002-FEB-21
Latest update: 2009-MAR-24
Author: B.A. Robinson