Ley's talk about HIV/AIDS & other STDS
Posted Sun Dec 25, 2011 11:38 PM
At my school a month or so ago they had HIV/AIDS Awareness Week, which included such activities like tests for the disease, free condoms(not that I'm complaining) and movies about AIDS and what not. I mean HIV/AIDS is a still a potentially deadly illness and what not, but it seems to be the ONLY STD that is talked about everywhere and it's made out to be this big problem in which anyone can get, which is scientifically and theoretically true. I'm from a state that ranks highly for the number of HIV/AIDS infections in the US, and I live in a city that has roughly the no 1 or no 2 amount of infections in the country.
However, unlike most other people I've learned to not be concerned about it. The reason I say this is the fact that HIV seems to only exclusively affect homosexual men and hardcore drug addicts who use needles to get their high. Looking at the number of cases in my city these groups accounts for something like over 95% of the people who contracted the disesese. Being a heterosexual man who doesn't dabble or mess around with ether, why should I be concerned? Especially since I never skip out on using protection when having sex, and don't engage in other risky activities like shooting up heroin or meth. Hell I've even heard of guys or girls forcing their partners to take a rapid test for the virus before hooking up with them.
Also despite the constant harping on how anyone can get AIDS which is true, the disease from what I've read is actually very hard to contract through regular heterosexual sex(esp. if the male is circumcised) the same also goes in the case of females. Furthermore, unlike the constant message about this said, AIDS is a very hard infection to contract in it's self since the virus is fragile and can be easily killed. Also, on an unrelated note it's pretty hard to get HIV even from coming into contact with infected blood or other fluids due to this, and you can't get it anymore though other methods in this or other developed countries like through blood transfusions or medical blood products since the supply has been screened since the late 1980's.
So with all of this in mind, why should people within the mainstream population be so concerned?
Even though what I'm posting is not politically correct nor I am an expert.
However, I feel all this hysteria about AIDS obscures attention towards other STDS, especially less serious ones. For instance, some nasty forms of staph and various forms Herpes virus(which has been known to cause cancer in women and even penile forms of the condition in men) can be acquired sexually and are much more easily and randomly spread then HIV from what I've read. I've also heard about common infestations like bedbugs & scabies being spread through sexual contact too.
So even though this post of mine may come across as heartless and even caviler, I'm not too alarmed about AIDS given the above facts. And esp since I insist on using protection when having sex, even with girls I know very well. I'm also not saying I haven't been tested for it or will not in the future, I just don't think getting AIDS should be a big concern for hetrosexuals esp those who do use protection.
Any thoughts on my opinion?
Posted Mon Dec 26, 2011 12:21 AM
Posted Mon Dec 26, 2011 12:43 AM
Posted Mon Dec 26, 2011 04:27 AM
it kills so many people and awareness about it is an excellent thing if it keeps people from dying. this thread shows that there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding it and that is why it needs such a focus. people need to be educated.
This post has been edited by saintnailpolish: Mon Dec 26, 2011 04:28 AM
Posted Tue Dec 27, 2011 02:15 AM
Posted Wed Dec 28, 2011 09:35 AM
You really need to look up more information on STD/STI's.
Viral infections that are stuck with you for life are: HIV, HPV (all strands), and herpes (all types can be contracted sexually)
Bacterial infections that can be treated with antibiotics are: Clamydia, Gohnerreah, Syphllis
Posted Thu Dec 29, 2011 06:15 AM
In addition to this,in spite of US efforts,HIV in AFRICA is completely out of control. Here in the US, some segments are also completely out of control. Only knowledge and it's application can help fix it.
The new concern is HPV. HPV is a virus that can cause cervical cancer...and since it is a virus, it can be transmitted to a partner.
It has been said that up to 80% of women can carry this virus, and can spread it...even if they themselves may not be infected.
A man on tv had throat cancer from oral contact with his wife. He had his entire family vaccinated.
The hard facts. 20 million Americans both men and women have the HPV virus. Some HPV is low risk...others are high risk.
At least ONE HALF of all sexually active men and women will get GENITAL HPV in their lifetime.
You can contract it in mucus.
Another important piece of extraneous info...you can get genital Herpes even if you wear a condom.
When you have sex with a stranger, you are playing Russian Roulette.
Sex with a long time faithful partner is pretty safe. Masturbation is the safest.
This post has been edited by kazantzakis: Thu Dec 29, 2011 06:31 AM