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25 / 08 / 2010 - Precious Life blame FPA and Brook for "epidemic" of sexually transmitted diseases
Precious Life has accused two Government funded ‘sex agencies’ – the Family Planning Association (FPA) and Brook - of contributing to the epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
STDs have reached "epidemic proportions” after latest figures revealed there were almost half a million new cases of STDs in the UK last year, continuing a steady upward trend seen over the past decade. [see BBC News]. Young people are most affected. One in 10 of 15-24 year olds with an STD become infected again within a year. There were 217,570 diagnoses of chlamydia in 2009 - a 7% increase on the previous year. Cases of genital herpes went up by 5% to 30,126. And diagnoses of gonorrhoea have gone up by 6% from 16,451 cases in 2008 to 17,385 last year.
The blame lies with FPA and Brook’s promotion of ‘safe-sex' campaigns
There has been a deterioration of the nation’s sexual health over the past decade. It is no exaggeration to say STDs have reached epidemic proportions.
It’s plain to see the correlation between pushing the so-called ‘safe sex’ message to young people, and the corresponding rise in STDs. How much longer and what more damage will be done before FPA and Brook acknowledge that ‘safe sex’ is a myth. Making contraception freely available to young people only encourages them to experiment with sex. It leads them into a false sense of security believing that they can be more sexually promiscuous but in reality no contraceptive is 100% effective.
The FPA’s response to these latest figures is to describe them as ‘alarming’ but then urge people to use condoms.
Condoms do not protect against STDs. They were designed to prevent pregnancy but even fail in doing that. STDs like chlamydia, genital herpes and gonorrhoea are passed through skin-to-skin contact so these diseases are spread because condoms don’t cover or protect all areas of the genital region.
We can no longer ignore the overwhelming evidence that Brook and FPA’s promotion of so-called ‘safe sex’ has been counter-productive and is a failure.
The only real answer to this crisis is for schools to promote abstinence and the 'saved-sex' message - saving sex for marriage - as a credible alternative.
In response to the epidemic of STDs, Precious Life has produced a sexual health booklet for young people which we provide freely to any school that requests it.
Entitled "REALITY ...your guide to good sexual health" - the 32 page glossy colour booklet is the first of its kind in UK and Ireland to warn young people of the dangers and health risks of casual sex and contraception, and to encourage sexual abstinence until marriage.
Our young people need to be taught that abstinence is always the best choice. It isn’t always easy, but it always works.