Kim Dernovsek MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado, Departments of Dermatology and Family Practice, and practices dermatology in Pueblo, CO. She is the author of “Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Diseases from Office to Globe” in Preventive Dermatology and has lectured on this topic at the American Academy of Dermatology, Christian Medical and Dental Society, Catholic Medical Association and National Abstinence Education Association. She has appeared on EWTN, Catholic Radio Network and Redeemer Radio (“A Proven Approach to AIDS in Africa”). She and her husband, endocrinologist, Dr. Ken Dernovsek, are co-founders of Universal Chastity Education (UCE), a "ministry of life" featured in First Things, and through which nearly 450,000 people have made commitments to chastity.
A vibrant group of doctors were present
on March 20, 2019 at Dr. Kim Dernovsek's very
informative and well-researched presentation
entitled "Chastity from the Medical Perspective",
in which she makes the case for chastity as a Christian virtue that is the best practice medically for any person, whether single or married. Abstinence while single and faithfulness in marriage are protective from sexually transmitted diseases. She presented the scientific evidence for the changes to abstinence and faithfulness in marriage having resulted in Uganda's reduction of HIV prevalence rate from 21% in 1991 to 5% in 2001. Today, despite an influx of condoms, Ugandans continue to embrace programs like UCE for their youth, and the HIV prevalence remains low, at 7%. Other countries like Botswana, where a condom strategy has been embraced, still see HIV raging at 23% (2017).
In 2003, the Ugandans had recounted having "gone back to biblical ways", and how God's method of abstaining until marriage to one spouse, and staying faithful, did indeed work against the scourge of AIDS. Dr Dernovsek encouraged the attendees to regain their trust of God's simple principles, be inspired by the Ugandan success, and to share the truth that these simple behaviors are healthiest for all. Rather than feeling overwhelmed by all that physicians face, she shared a simple prayer that starts her day: "For His sake, I am but one. But I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I ought to do. What I ought to do, by the grace of God, I will do. Lord, what will you have me do?" Sit down with a cup of coffee and enjoy this fascinating perspective on faith and reason, science and virtue and better understand how this lifestyle is best for all of us.