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Denying Padian – Take the Wikipedia Challenge

by Liam Scheff

In 1997, Dr. Nancy Padian, of the University of California, Berkeley, published the longest study on Heterosexual transmission of HIV ever recorded. An above-average AIDS researcher, she was careful to exclude injection drug users in her study, as she wanted to test one thing and one thing only:

“Doin’ it.”

And so, 175 long-term ‘mixed couples’ (one partner ‘HIV positive,’ one ‘negative’) did it, in every possible combination of ingang and ausgang. (That is, every which way they could). About 70 percent of participants did not use condoms when they entered the study. By the end, about 75 percent did.

Consistent condom use*:

“Baseline” (day 1 – lifestyle upon entry into the study): 32% (Meaning 68% did not often, always or sometimes use condoms)

Final visit: 74% (Meaning 74% often, always or ‘consistently use,’) and that 26% do not.

Oral: Not listed. Kissing, deeply: Not listed. Fingering, Rimming: Not listed. Not asked? Not important? Not sought out?

Abstention:

Baseline: Zero. They all came in doing it after their many, many years of being in relationships with their “pos” partner.

After being beaten up by phone calls and fear campaigns: 14.5%.  Abstention from what? Oral? Not likely. Anal? Probably? Vaginal? Probably, but perfectly? For how long? A week, a month, a day? Of what period of their entire relationship? Not listed.

* “Consistent condom use” – Hard to quantify. What do they mean? During oral (probably to certainly not), anal (some but not all), vaginal (probably but for how long and during which segments)? Some, part, only after foreplay? During cuddling? Kissing? Fingering? Rimming?  After you remember to put it on? For the first orgasm, but not for the second?

The result? Here’s Dr. Padian to tell you: Continue reading Denying Padian – Take the Wikipedia Challenge