|Medical Organizations Support Condom Use|
Also available in [PDF] format.
American Academy of Pediatrics:
Clinical considerations for the pediatrician: Help ensure that all adolescents have knowledge of and access to contraception, including barrier methods and emergency contraception supplies.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists:
Health professionals have an obligation to provide the best possible care to respond to the needs of their adolescent patients. This care should, at a minimum, include comprehensive reproductive health services, such as sexuality education, counseling… [and] access to contraceptives …
American Medical Association:
The AMA urges schools to implement comprehensive, developmentally appropriate sex education programs that (a) are based on rigorous, peer reviewed science; (b) show evidence of delaying the onset of sexual activity and a reduction in sexual behavior that puts adolescents at risk for contracting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other sexually transmitted diseases and for becoming pregnant; (c) include an integrated strategy for making condoms available to students and for providing both factual information and skill-building related to reproductive biology, sexual abstinence, sexual responsibility, [and] contraceptives, including condoms…
American Nurses Association:
ANA is aware that the focus of condom use in the past has been related to controlling HIV infection, however the rising numbers of reported sexually transmitted diseases indicate the education about condom use must be expanded and enhanced. … Preventive health techniques, including safer sex practices, condoms, and other barriers reduce the possibility of transmitting debilitating and, in some cases, fatal diseases.
American Psychological Association:
We have found that comprehensive sexuality education programs—those that provide information, encourage abstinence, promote condom use for those who are sexually active, encourage fewer sexual partners, educate about the importance of early identification and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases and teach sexual communication skills—are the most effective in keeping sexually active adolescents disease free.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly, are highly effective in preventing the transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Studies show that polyurethane condoms including the female condom, also provide effective barriers against sperm, bacteria, and viruses, such as HIV.
Institute of Medicine:
The Committee recommends that Congress, as well as other federal, state, and local policy makers, eliminate requirements that public funds be used for abstinence-only education, and that states and local school districts implement and continue to support age-appropriate comprehensive sex education and condom availability programs in schools.
National Institutes of Health:
Although sexual abstinence is a desirable objective, programs must include instruction in safer sex behavior, including condom use. The effectiveness of these programs is supported by strong scientific evidence.
Studies demonstrated that the consistent use of male condoms protects against HIV/AIDS transmission between women and men.
World Health Organization:
Compiled by Sue Alford, MLS