Hearing addresses condoms for HPV prevention.
A politically challenged debate about labeling condoms with warnings about the link between human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer has erupted following a related Congressional hearing on the issue in March. Although the dispute centers on the protection of women from cervical cancer, the debate is just as much about ideology: premarital abstinence or monogamy in marriage versus condom use for those who choose to be sexually active. The hearings, called by Rep. Mark Souder (R-lnd.) at the urging of Tom Coburn, M.D., co-chair of the Presidential Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS continue to raise questions about a public law Coburn authored in 2000 and that former President Bill Clinton signed days before leaving office. Souder confronted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with his belief that the agencies had not complied with the public law. (excerpt)