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Summary: Recommendation Based on No Data

The American Medical Association reportedly backed the distribution of free condoms for teenagers and approved a report stating that “free distribution of condoms was more successful at combating the problem of teenage sexual activity than school-based abstinence-only programs” (despite the fact that the AMA later admitted that the data on which their recommendation was based is “sparse”).

  • In an article written by Dr. Laura Schlessinger, she talks about an article written in her local newspaper in which the American Medical Association reportedly backed the distribution of free condoms for teenagers. The article stated that, “delegates to the American Medical Association’s policy-making body approved a report in which researchers said free distribution of condoms was more successful at combating the problem of teenage sexual activity than school-based abstinence-only programs.” The recommendation of this report passed without comment from the 500 members of the House of Delegates at its interim meeting. However, doctors who make up the Consortium of State Physicians Resource Councils found two main problems with the report. First, its conclusions seriously compromise primary prevention as the accepted medical model. Second, the AMA report admits that the data on which the recommendation is based are “sparse,” both in terms of abstinence-only programs and so-called safe-sex programs. The AMA report also acknowledges that “the findings on safer-sex programs are inconsistent. The number one sexually transmitted disease in HPV, venereal warts, and it is NOT prevented by condom use. HPV is also linked to 90% of all invasive cervical cancers in women.1

1AMA Backs Free Condoms for Teenagers, Schlessinger, Dr. Laura, January 2000, pg. 1.

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