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Responsible Sexual Behavior

Posted Aug 24 2008 1:49pm 1 Comment
ANNOUNCER: One of the facts of life is that people have sex, but today, more than ever, having a responsible attitude is something that should accompany every sexual encounter.

ANNOUNCER: The major risks of unprotected sex are the chronic sexually transmitted diseases that go with it as well as all the psychological complications if you have a child and aren't planning on it.

Whether it is simple gonorrhea and syphilis; whether it is the herpes virus, all of these diseases have some chronicity and some real seriousness and are not joking matters. There are a series of HIV diseases that have serious lifelong consequences.

ANNOUNCER: Preventing unwanted consequences of sexual contact means acting carefully.

ANNOUNCER: It seems axiomatic if you live in today's society, you know ways of practicing responsible sexual behavior. It is having a mutually monogamous mate, if you will, or partner. It is using condoms. Abstinence is the one practiced by some groups.

ANNOUNCER: For years the attitude about sexually transmitted diseases has been "it couldn't happen to me," but the reality is everyone needs to address the problem.

ANNOUNCER: Sexually transmitted diseases are socioeconomically equal opportunity, if you will, infection. So it's everybody in society can get sexually transmitted disease, and it's not just the low classes or just the high classes or anybody in between. It's everybody can get it. And everyone is at risk for it.

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aec

This is a deceptive article.  " that's why it is responsible to use condoms wisely and every time" makes it sound as though condoms will always protect you against STD/STIs. First of all, under normal circumstances, condoms have a 15% "failure" rate. That's like getting into a car whose brakes only fail about every 7 or so times you take it out. You don't know where and you don't know when. It may be fatal. And what about HPV, probably the most prevalent STD/STI because it is so easy to get and the contact area to get this disease is so broad. Just once with the wrong person and that's it, you could get genital warts for life or cervical cancer and the new vaccine only protects against 70% of the strains that cause cancer. That's like playing Russian roulette with a gun with 3 chambers and only one is loaded. How can you call that being "responsible". Real responsibility looks at the future. Giving your future husband or wife lifetime warts or cancer or infertility or any of a host of other problems and then telling them that "well, you were "responsibly" using condoms all the time", is not going to make one iota of difference in the lifetime consequences. A professor friend of mine had a student that was devastated to find that his first child had painful warts in his throat at birth as a result of the student's "responsible" behavior. When are you people going to wake up to the real world? Only when it slams you in the face?

You should take a look at thie site's "Complications of Sexually Transmitted Diseases".
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