Obria Medical Clinics, which was recently given $1.7 million in federal family planning money, is using conviction rather than condoms to halt the chlamydia spread.
is a Christian medical chain that doesn’t provide any kind of birth
control, such as condoms and pills. Its doctors and nurses inform
patients when they’re most fertile and teach them the art of
allowance of Obria into the Title X program has many reproductive
healthcare providers fuming. Title X is designed to help indigent
women from getting pregnant, but clinics also get the money to test,
treat and keep the spread of STDs down, including HIV. However, the
Christian medial clinic relies on abstinence for its prevention
while filing out for federal funding, would follow the CDCs
recommendations and abide by medical standards for STD prevention.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states when condoms
are used correctly, they are very effective in slowing down the
spread of STDs – something that many medical associations such as
the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have
concluded as well.
Obria is not offering condoms to the public, nor advocating for them.
Rather, the staff is going to rely on abstinence for its STD and
pregnancy prevention, teaching patients about the benefit of safe sex
and what the high-risk behaviors are.
a 2018 interview, Obria Group CEO Kathleen Bravo said decreasing
sexual risk means fewer women become sick with STDs, pregnant or get
cancer. She said it’s important to teach them not to go down the
health educators whose job it is to reduce the spread of STDs and
reverse the four consecutive years of record levels of syphilis,
gonorrhea and chlamydia feel Obria’s method of abstinence-only and
not offering condoms is irresponsible.
Health Centers Executive Director Philip Yaeger said it’s hard to
imagine a doctor or other medical care facility to test for STIs,
have it come back one way or the other and not tell the patient about
how effective condoms are in protecting themselves.
four years, from 2013 to 2017, gonorrhea cases jumped by 67 percent
with syphilis seeing a 76 percent rise. In 2017, there were 2.3
million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. There are also
30,000 new cases of HIV every year.
any of the STDs are left untreated, it can cause cervical cancer,
infertility, dementia and blindness. Pregnant women can also spread
syphilis to their babies, which could cause stillbirths or lead to
several health problems in the baby.
headquarters is in Orange County, where the number of STDs for the
four year period hit astronomical heights – syphilis 99 percent,
chlamydia 65 percent and gonorrhea 129 percent.
Health Centers health educators are trying to combat the problem by
handing out condoms and lubricant while in nightclub parking lots on
Director of Health Education and Prevention Tiffany Hendrix goes from
high school to high school, teaching them about sex health and how to
use condoms properly. She said it doesn’t matter what one’s
beliefs are; the job is to educate others, so the decision they make
is based on sound advice – similar to diabetes and other health
conservative Christians are fueling the rise in U.S. religion-based
medical care say their beliefs give them the power to determine what
services they will offer in their clinics and hospitals even if it
Notare, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop's assistant director of
its Natural Family Planning Program, said STDs are a sign from God
that a person should no longer be having sex. She said using physical
barriers such as condoms hinders the ovaries’ natural design.
groups have praised President Donald Trump as a champion for
delivering their agenda.
administration has been working hard to appoint judges who are
against abortion rights and defunct Planned Parenthood, reverse the
employer mandate of including birth control in their insurance
coverage and teaching about abstinence in schools.
the loosening of the requirements that clinics offer a full range of
birth control options, like condoms, the Trump administration has
given the green light for makeshift anti-abortion crisis pregnancy
centers to become actual medical clinics.
the next three years, Obria could get $5.1 million for its California
clinics, but Bravo sees a bigger picture for the clinic, which has 38
clinics in six states. Bravo would like to see Obria become bigger
than Planned Parenthood, and is in the process of launching a $240
million campaign to open additional sites.
said the key is to let women know about the services they offer in
Center for Biomedical Ethics Director David Magnus said Obria and
other clinics like it are pulling a bait and switch because they’re
not providing patients with full advice who could catch an STD.
website claims to use holistic advice and give people the support and
answers they need about their sexual health. Obria makes no mention
of its religious affiliation but does talk about how birth control
pills, IUDs, condoms and patches fail and the complications of them.
Magnus said them pretending to offer advice is misleading and a real problem for the public.
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