roadbikeRob saidBarebacking is irresponsible, stupid, and downright dangerous. What the goddamned hell is the matter with some of the young ones today Do they realize how deadly and devastating HIV really is or are they acting like it will never happen to them that they have all the good luck in the world. These young guys better wake up and smell the coffee before it is too late or another major epidemic might be coming our way.
Young men feel immortal. "Young, Dumb and Full of Cum". They are smart enough to know that HIV isn't a death sentence anymore
.....they can read a headline, but don't read the details. So of course it applies to them, NOW.
If they feel well, look well, they are well....or so they think. Sex, especially condomless sex, is as natural as sex itself. Guilt and condescension will never work....you might as well as say "stop fucking!"
There has to be a carrot. Something to look forward to....and it has to be expedient. There needs to be more education
, in schools and it needs to be mandatory starting at 13.
It can't be the BS of abstinence and condoms only....they already know that. And that neither work. It has to be a 'sex affirmative' attitude, not guilt and fear.
If I had a sex ed class I'd say "I don't know how many of you are having sex. Probably 70% of you. That means some of you have an STD and/or HIV. It doesn't matter who, how or why. You are all going to get tested. Now. Today."
There would be a quick test van on location. Every student would get tested. Each student would be brought back for counseling regardless of test results. Those that are positive for either would go on immediate treatment and specific education. Any result would be confidential. Follow up would be off site, so students wouldn't be outed, even to parents.
"All 50 states and the District of Columbia explicitly allow minors to consent to STI services, although 11 states require that a minor be of a certain age (generally 12 or 14) before being allowed to consent.
31 states explicitly include HIV testing and treatment in the package of STI services to which minors may consent.
18 states allow physicians to inform a minor’s parents that he or she is seeking or receiving STI
services; however, with the exception of 1 state
that requires parental notification in the case of a positive HIV test, no state requires that physicians notify parents about services."http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/spibs/spib_MASS.pdf
This would be repeated by the end of the year, 2x a year through graduation.
"Only 22% of sexually experienced students have ever been tested for HIV.
Nearly 10,000 young people (aged 13-24) were diagnosed with HIV infection in the United States in 2013.
Nearly half of the 20 million new STDs each year were among young people, between the ages of 15 to 24.*http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/sexualbehaviors/