Study: One-Third of American Teens Unaware HIV Is Sexually Transmitted

  • metta

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    Aug 23, 2014 4:38 PM GMT
    Study: One-Third of American Teens Unaware HIV Is Sexually Transmitted

    In startling new study from MAC AIDS Fund, teens report being unaware HIV is a sexually transmitted infection. Worse? Nearly 90 percent of American teens don't see themselves at risk for HIV infection.


    http://www.hivplusmag.com/sex-dating/2014/08/22/study-one-third-american-teens-unaware-hiv-sexually-transmitted
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    Aug 24, 2014 8:30 PM GMT
    I'm not surprised. People in this day and age just don't think before acting and have a "turn down for what" mentality. The fact that teens are none-the-wiser om how HIV is a sad and scary thought.
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    Aug 24, 2014 9:02 PM GMT
    What this reflects is the years of underfunding for school sex education, that began during the Bush years. And that continues under State Republican administrations. Teachers aren't allowed to tell kids about HIV. In some Red States they can't even speak about gays. All they can teach is abstinence, not the actual causes of STDs, HIV and prevention.

    And this Bush legacy continues, especially as more States have come under Republican and Christian fundamentalist control, and have seen slashes to sex education funding.

    My husband loves to tell a story from a few years ago, when he overheard a couple of twinks at a local gay bar (Georgie's Alibi, for those who know it).

    And one guy was bragging about fucking this guy he met. And his companion asked if he had used a condom.

    "I don't have to. AIDS is something only guys over 30 get. That's for old men." (Also confusing HIV with AIDS)

    My husband went ballistic, and tapped this kid on his shoulder, to give him a quick education in reality.

    To the young man's credit he later bought my husband a drink, thanking him. I hope the information did him some good, but somehow I doubt it.

    Young Americans today have no concept of STDs, because the information is forbidden to be taught. And that legacy is gonna live on for decades to come. Even if it's fixed today, there's a whole generation that will always be ignorant and at greater risk.

    Unless, of course, they practice Republican-approved total abstinence before monogamous marriage. Yeah, right... Just like their own politicians and preachers do... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 24, 2014 9:40 PM GMT
    It's too easy to blame schools. My focus would the parents. I knew about sex before my schools taught us because I have parents that cared enough to explain it to me when I asked. You know you have awesome parents when they show a school sex ed video and then show you a porno and then end it by saying "Those weird noises you hear from mommy and daddy's room? That's us having sex and that's how you came to be".

    True story.
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    Aug 24, 2014 9:46 PM GMT
    Guy101 saidIt's too easy to blame schools. My focus would the parents. I knew about sex before my schools taught us because I have parents that cared enough to explain it to me when I asked. You know you have awesome parents when they show a school sex ed video and then show you a porno and then end it by saying "Those weird noises you hear from mommy and daddy's room? That's us having sex and that's how you came to be".

    True story.

    That's YOUR parents. Perhaps helped my long Alaskan nights.

    But for the majority of kids, they need schools to teach them. And Republicans are making sure they DON'T get taught. Because of religious, ideological & dogmatic reasons. Not because of logical reasons that actually make practical sense.
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    Aug 24, 2014 9:58 PM GMT
    When I was a college Chaplain - in the UK - for some fuckedup reason the Chaplains were responsible for teaching sex ed or as it was called "Choices Ed".

    It was a course from Ireland via the US.

    It was......broken. It was designed to belittle contraception, any form of contraception other than abstinance and strongly suggested that STDs were caught only through sex before/outside of marriage. The only form of safe sex was with your husband or wife.

    I personally boycotted the whole thing. Because here I was, supposed to be teaching kids how to have safe sex, chose for themselves about making a decision to have sex, and exploring their sexuality and the only form of sex I could talk about was straight, man and wife, only when married and I was supposed to encourage them to be abstinant before marriage. And same sex sex acts did not exist.

    I quite after one of my co-Chaplains from a Black pentecostalist place told me that HIV and AIDs can be cured by prayer and she's seen it prayed away, a man healed.

    Yeah.

    No.

    So yeah....ignorance based on what kids are being taught in schools, in high school, college.

    Sorry, remembering that whole experience has gotten me rather pissed.
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    Aug 24, 2014 10:57 PM GMT
    I guess this means one-third of American teens will be infected with HIV in the next 10 years or so.
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    Aug 25, 2014 4:43 PM GMT
    This is so sad. If you add this situation to the fact that those teens who know how they can be infected don't care about it because for them is a 'Not big deal to get HVI anymore', you get to understand the raise in HIV infections in younger people. A never end cycle of infections. Many think HIV is like getting the flu with life medication to avoid symptoms. And we are not adding all the others STI...
    Parents should give sex education to their children, not only school's fault icon_sad.gif
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    Aug 25, 2014 5:12 PM GMT
    Rowing_Ant saidWhen I was a college Chaplain - in the UK - for some fuckedup reason the Chaplains were responsible for teaching sex ed or as it was called "Choices Ed".

    Reminds me when I attended a boys prep school taught by Jesuits in 1963. As our first Freshman term began we got many welcome and orientation lectures. One day we had another, this time in the school chapel, sitting in the hard wooden pews. It was to be about - sex education. Which I'd never had before at 14, right out of elementary school (our system used the K-8 method, then 4 years of secondary school).

    And this Jesuit priest tries to be hip and cool, and says he's gonna speak to us in the vernacular we would understand as teen boys. And he goes right into talking about hardons and boners, and jerking off! You don't say boner and jerking off in front of a statue of the Blessed Virgin! icon_eek.gif

    Most of us were appalled, and shifting uncomfortably in those hard pews. Turns out we weren't getting real education at all. Just being told that masturbation was a mortal sin, so don't do it. I guess they figured at 14 we wouldn't have a shot at a female yet anyway, so no need to go into THAT sordid stuff. Just keep your hands off yourself, or you'd ruin your health or something, and your soul hereafter, too.

    So that was my initial sex education, until I transferred to a coed public high school 2 years later. There I actually got formal, structured sex-ed classes that had some value. And by then the Pill had come out, and condoms were becoming more easily available in our State, so the students were fucking like bunnies.

    Except me, of course, no interest in girls whatsoever. And not yet realizing all the fun I could have with boys, either, except watching them in the locker room gang showers. icon_redface.gif
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    Aug 25, 2014 7:34 PM GMT
    Unbelievable in 2014. You would think parents who grew up in the 60s, 70s and 80s would finally take the responsibility to educate their kids about all STDs (where it ultimately belongs)

    but they shirk their responsibility and lay it off on the schools

    my high school (Franklin Lakes, NJ) sex ed in the late 70's was decent, not great, but that was before things got deadly
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    Aug 26, 2014 12:16 AM GMT
    My dad had a LONG talk with me about safer sex, risks, what kind of STIs are spread and how they spread, and education about the proper application of a condom, all when I came out to him at 17. I wish more parents stepped up to the plate like that.
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    Aug 26, 2014 3:07 AM GMT
    Well I'm a teen and I know all there is to know about HIV and aids. New York schools did well in teaching us that. Idk what's taught in other states but I assumed health class was taught the same in every state.
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    Aug 26, 2014 8:48 PM GMT
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    Guy101 saidIt's too easy to blame schools. My focus would the parents. I knew about sex before my schools taught us because I have parents that cared enough to explain it to me when I asked. You know you have awesome parents when they show a school sex ed video and then show you a porno and then end it by saying "Those weird noises you hear from mommy and daddy's room? That's us having sex and that's how you came to be".

    True story.

    That's YOUR parents. Perhaps helped my long Alaskan nights.

    But for the majority of kids, they need schools to teach them. And Republicans are making sure they DON'T get taught. Because of religious, ideological & dogmatic reasons. Not because of logical reasons that actually make practical sense.


    Please educate yourself about someone before making such a stupid comment. You are not funny. I am not from Alaska. I merely live here and didn't move here til I was in my mid 20's. Most kids usually ask their parents about sex before even going to school and most parents avoid the subject and selectively wait til their kids are in high school.

    Schools don't and can't teach Common Sense. Again, I say it's too easy to blame the schools. The parents need to involve themselves in their children's development.
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    Aug 26, 2014 9:15 PM GMT
    Guy101 said
    ...Most kids usually ask their parents about sex before even going to school and most parents avoid the subject and selectively wait til their kids are in high school.

    Schools don't and can't teach Common Sense. Again, I say it's too easy to blame the schools. The parents need to involve themselves in their children's development.

    A great many kids in the US don't have 2 parents. Nor do they have responsible parents. That they don't see for more than a few hours a day.

    Kids can't learn common sense, nor sex education, from dysfunctional parents. No more than they can learn Algebra, or History, or a lot of other things at home that schools teach better.

    Or do you think schools should be designed to only accommodate those students who come from idealized 2-parent homes, with at least one stay-at-home parent, who supplement the schools with at-home instruction? What kind of "Leave It To Beaver" world do YOU live in circa 2014?

    "Parents need to involve themselves in their children's development." How utopian. How are you gonna enforce that? Visit their homes? Inspect them? Fine them if they don't meet some standard? Maybe arrest the parents?

    You run schools based on realities. And the reality is that kids aren't being taught a lot of stuff at home, including knowledge about sex. That's why we've ALWAYS had schools, since ancient times. DUH!!! icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 27, 2014 1:39 AM GMT
    How utopian? Pffffft! Ok.

    I'm extremely realistic so to say my comment is such a thing is just funny.

    They don't teach MTV in school but sure enough the kids know about it and those little fuckers have knowledge at their finger tips literally in this day and age. You can only hold schools accountable for so much. Sex isn't one of those things.

    I bet you'd pin a kid being a criminal on the schools too, huh?