Information is long overdue.
Autor: Elizabeth Hurley Fuente: Concerned Women for America

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—after years of avoiding the subject—now has publicized that certain types of HPV (human papillomavirus) cause cervical cancer. Its Web site states: “[P]ersistent infection with ‘high risk’ types of HPV is the main risk factor for cervical cancer.”

This information was only recently released by the CDC, despite years of overwhelming evidence. The CDC also states that HPV may also lead to cancer of other male and female reproductive organs.

In addition, the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) added HPV to its list of known carcinogens.

Michael Bowman, Concerned Women for America’s state legislative director, says, “This was long overdue! The CDC has been in denial for years that there was any link between HPV and cervical cancer, although nearly every doctor in America clearly understood this link. The only understandable reason was that CDC was beholden to liberal dogma and outside interests that did not want women to know that having promiscuous sex could lead to cancer.”

The CDC Web site also says that genital HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the United States, and its infection is often without symptoms. HPV affects 20 million Americans, and each year, 5.5 million more are infected, usually through promiscuous sex. Studies have found HPV infection to be highest in women under the age of 25.

Thankfully, the National Cancer Institute already recognizes HPV as the major cause of cervical cancer. Some 30 types of HPV viruses can cause abnormal cell growth, which can lead to different types of cancers.

CDC admitted in its January 2004report to Congress that the safest way to protect oneself from cervical cancer is to avoid sexual activity with multiple partners. The CDC also admits that condoms offer minimal protection against HPV infection. In addition, the American Cancer Society says that women have a higher risk of contracting cervical cancer when they have HIV/AIDS or smoke.

There is no cure for HPV. The immune system has the ability to fight off many types. However, with little or no symptoms, high-risk types can go undetected for years, making women at higher risk for cervical cancer. Routine Pap smear tests, which can detect pre-cancerous cells, are important to curbing it.

The facts about HPV once again reveal the wisdom in God’s plan for faithful marriages: The only 100 percent sure prevention is sexual abstinence until one enters a mutually monogamous marriage with an uninfected person. Sex outside of marriage brings many health risks, including high-risk types of HPV. It’s about time that CDC has come forward and started to be honest with women about the connections among promiscuity, STDs and cancer.

“Instead of being an obstacle for those seeking accurate information on STDs, the CDC has finally decided to acknowledge what most experts already know,” said Wendy Wright, CWA’s senior policy director. “Hopefully this is a sign of a change within the CDC.”
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