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The Human Papillomavirus (HPV), as stated in your article, in Healthy Living Digest, March 11, has become the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease and is linked to cervical cancer.

What is not mentioned is that condoms offer no protection at all against HPV. In July 2001, in a report compiled by a panel of 28 experts, The National Institutes of Health found insufficient evidence that condoms protect people from the majority of sexually transmitted diseases. The report did say that condom use can reduce the risk of gonorrhea for men and HIV transmission for men and women, but it did not find clinical proof that condoms provide protection against chlamydia, trichomoniasis, genital herpes, chancroid, syphilis, and human papillomavirus - the most common of all STDs.

In light of the fact that millions of people are suffering from STDs, I hope that Planned Parenthood, not only in Nassau County but nationwide, is giving this information to their customers. If they are not, they are negligent and putting lives at risk.

Brian Broderick


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