Never before in American history have more people known about, and used, condoms than today. And now comes a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that “A new U.S. record” has been set: chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are rapidly increasing.

Two months ago, it was reported that New York City health officials had found a startling increase in syphilis, and that “the increase appears to be concentrated mostly among men who have sex with men.” According to the Associated Press, “The increase in syphilis cases came in the same year that the city distributed more than 17 million free condoms in an effort to step up its condom giveaway efforts to help reduce sexually-transmitted diseases.”

But is anyone listening? The condom hoax is in high gear. The blame goes to city officials, the health community and those who engage in reckless sex. Not until promiscuity is curbed will the rates decrease. And that’s something no condom can fix.

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