The Myth of Safe Sex by D. Foley
(Link): The Myth of Safe Sex by D. Foley
- It’s time for the common understanding of “safe sex” to be re-visited.
- …The CDC estimates that nearly (Link): 20 million people contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD) every year in the U.S. That equates to 54,000 people every day. Half of all those infections occur in young adults between the ages of 15 and 24.
- Statistics show that the use of protection is higher than it has ever been with the total revenue from sale of condoms in 2014 topping just over $600 million. Even with this increased attention to protection, in November 2015 the CDC released new statistics that show STD infections have hit a record high.
It is time for the common understanding of “safe sex” to be re-visited. What is the definition of safe? I think of phrases such as, “nothing is going to hurt me” or “no worries” or “free from harm.” The majority of people define safe sex as the consistent use of birth control pills and/or condoms and are mainly concerned about the prevention of pregnancy.
They are caught up in the false assumption that as long as they use protection (condoms), they will be safe. After all, that is what the condom ads say. That is the message spread throughout social media and on posters plastered all over college campuses.
Here are the medical facts. Consistent and correct use of male latex condoms can reduce (though not eliminate) the risk of STD transmission.
- ….The myth of safe sex must be dispelled. At best, condoms need to be described as “safer sex.” They cannot eliminate the risk of getting or spreading an infection with sexual contact. Sexually transmitted infections are at epidemic proportions in our country and can lead to long-term health consequences such as infertility, prematurity, damage to unborn children, and in some cases death. Some of the infections can be treated and cured, but many are caused by viruses and lead to lifelong infections.
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(Link): Gonorrhea Super Strain Becoming ‘Untreatable’ (in the UK; may be heading to the USA) – 2015 story