Specialists express concern over condom report
- By: David Spurgeon
A US report questioning the effectiveness of condoms in preventing most sexually transmitted diseases could deter people who are sexually active from using them, public health specialists have warned.
The report has been published by a special review panel of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Health and Human Services. The 28 member panel concluded that although male latex condoms can effectively reduce the transmission of HIV and male gonorrhoea, the evidence did not allow the same to be said about chlamydial infection, syphilis, chancroid, trichomoniasis, genital herpes, or genital human papillomavirus infection.
The panel members analysed more than 138 peer reviewed, published studies after a workshop on the topic was held at the request of former Republican congressman and physician Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. Dr Coburn said that the report's conclusions mean that “when condom use is discussed, it