Sunday, 15 September 2013

Forget Homosexuality - Frown On Promiscuity

CDC Presentation - HIV Amongst Young Males

No one can possibly claim that those who advocate the promotion of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV haven’t been able to adequately spread this message. This message has undoubtedly been widely spread.

In addition to the message advocating condom use, condoms have also been made readily available to most people, especially in first world countries like the USA. Yet, despite this message being so widely communicated and condoms being made so readily available, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the USA has published some frightening statistics.

CDC statistics published - HIV Surveillance in Adolescents and Young Adults - show that around 95% of young men, aged between 13 and 24 years of age, who contract HIV, did so as a consequence of male-to-male sexual contact.

Life Site News has published an article giving its take on these statistics. You can find it here - CDC: 94 to 95 percent of HIV cases among young men linked to gay sex.

My take is very simple:

We need to return to the good old traditional message about sex. Sex is something special that should be reserved for the person who you love and decide you want to spend the rest of your life with. If you’re homosexual, it still does not change this message: sex is not for casual encounters. For Christians, sex is reserved strictly for marriage.

Promiscuity is hurting, maybe even destroying society. We are fooling ourselves if we believe or try to justify otherwise. Our common sense tells us this. We as a society need to begin frowning on promiscuity in much the same way as we, for example, frown on drunken driving. 

Promiscuity has potentially devastating consequences. It can lead to people getting HIV/Aids, as well as to a range of other problems and challenges that affect, not only the individuals involved, but society as a whole. It is not funny. It is not harmless fun. It is not anything except a sure sign of stupidity.

Even a consideration of only one of the potential consequences of promiscuity, namely HIV/Aids, makes it exceptionally obvious that we must begin to seriously frown on promiscuity. 

The CDC reports that the cost of funding HIV/Aids treatment, over the lifetime of a HIV/Aids patient, is around $379,678. Since the CDC estimates that there are approximately 1,148,200 living with HIV/Aids in the USA, that means that the cost of treatment of patients with HIV/Aids is going to be around $436 billion. That’s only the cost of treatment. It ignores all the other cost impacts on society.

Now imagine the impact on countries with smaller economies, like South Africa. To make it worse, in South Africa, unlike the USA where only a very small percentage of the population is living with HIV/Aids, approximately 10% of the population - about 5,5 million people - has HIV/Aids.

Why should society have to bear these financial and other consequences that result from promiscuity? If the harmful effects of HIV/Aids and all the other consequences of promiscuity could be isolated completely, so that they only affect those individuals involved, then by all means bonk anyone you please. However it is not isolated and society as a whole inevitably pays the price for promiscuity.

Society really cannot afford to just continue dismissing promiscuity as an individual life choice that has nothing to do with society as a whole.

We obviously cannot legislate to stop promiscuity. The law is however not the only way to go about changing the norms of society. We can create a society that clearly rejects promiscuous behaviour as a consequence of the majority of us making the effort to frown on promiscuity. 

There are countless examples of behaviours that society today is fairly silent on but which it could engage to show its disapproval of promiscuity. 

We could, for example, show firm disapproval at the idea of 16-year-old school going children engaging in sex, instead of just shrugging our shoulders because allegedly everyone is doing it. 

We could also embrace the concept of remaining a virgin until the day you commit to spending the rest of your life with the person you love, instead of blindly endorsing the line that no one waits anymore.