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Planned Parenthood gives medically inaccurate advice about promiscuity health risks

Ben Johnson

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 25, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An expert with the nation's largest abortion provider is telling the nation's teens that having sex with a “big number of sexual partners” poses no health risks, as long as the teen is “satisfied and confident about your sexual decisions.” But the government agency dedicated to fighting infectious disease begs to differ.

Planned Parenthood invites its young target audience to ask staffers sexually themed questions on the social media site Tumblr.

Alex, an expert with Planned Parenthood, responded to the question, “Is promiscuity a bad thing?”

“Since the number of sexual partners you’ve had doesn’t say anything about your character, your morals, or your personality – or about anything at all really – there’s nothing bad or unhealthy about having a big number of sexual partners,” he wrote.

“If you feel satisfied with and confident about your sexual decisions, you have nothing to worry about,” he counseled.

Experts say that advice is scientifically inaccurate from a physical and psychological perspective.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – which “works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety, and security threats” – lists multiple partners as a “sexual risk behavior.”

The most recent CDC guidelines for sexually transmitted diseases list “abstinence and reduction of number of sex partners” as the first method of preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

According to the center's most recent statistics, half of the nation's 100 million sexually transmitted diseases are found among young people between the ages of 15 and 24.

Nearly one-third of teens aged 15-19 have already had sex with between three and five people; and nearly one-in-four (22.4 percent) have had sex with six or more people. Both numbers increased since the last report in 2002.

The harms inflicted by permissiveness are not confined to the United States. One-in-four college students in Great Britain will contract an STD before the end of freshman year, and 44 percent before graduation. Half of the infected parties do not know who gave it to them.

But sexually transmitted infections were not the only health hazard posed by sleeping around.

New Zealand's University of Otage found last year that promiscuous women were more likely to become addicted to alcohol or marijuana as young adults. Women between the ages of 18 and 31 who averaged 2.5 sexual partners or more a year increased their risk of addiction 700 to 1,700 percent over young women who were celibate or monogamous.

The study's lead author, Dr Sandhya Ramrakha, noted, “Women with only one sex partner in each period seem to be protected from substance dependence.”

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None of these risks were noted in Planned Parenthood's response, leading additional credibility to charges by its critics that the abortion giant aims to get young people “hooked on sex” so it can sell them contraceptives, STD testing, and abortion.

The group's Tumblr website also has a live chat function, so young people can talk with a similar “expert” about “STD testing, pregnancy tests, the morning-after pill, or abortion” in real time.

Ironically, Alex's comment comes as Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry are accusing crisis pregnancy centers of spreading “lies,” even attempting to use their alleged misstatements against Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli. His opponent, pro-abortion Democrat Terry McAuliffe, has collaborated with Planned Parenthood.

In addition to shading the truth about promiscuity, critics accuse Planned Parenthood of misleading high school students about the definition of abstinence. Its Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) sexual education course teaches that abstinence “means choosing not to do any sexual activity that carries a risk for pregnancy or STD/HIV.”

“In other words,” wrote Rita Diller of the pro-life group STOPP, “abstinence has nothing do with abstaining from sex acts."

Genuine abstinence-based education has been linked to decreased promiscuity among black preteens, according to a 2010 study from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Scientists emphasize, on a U.S. government-sponsored website, that only refraining from sexual activity altogether can protect people physically or emotionally.

“Abstinence from vaginal, anal, and oral intercourse is the only 100% effective way to prevent HIV, other STDs, and pregnancy,” according to the CDC website. “The correct and consistent use of male latex condoms can reduce the risk of STD transmission, including HIV infection. However, no protective method is 100% effective, and condom use cannot guarantee absolute protection against any STD or pregnancy.”

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