Citizen Staff Writer
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I was keeping up with my beat by reading the University of Arizona newspaper when I came across a story about “safe sex.” As anyone older than 22 can tell you, there ain’t no such thing as safe sex, especially when we’re talking casual sex.
Which is certainly what the article was discussing, as illustrated by this quote talking about the “ultimate protection” and attributed to Casey Chimneystar Condit, a health education coordinator for Eon, which is a collaborative program of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation:
“Gloves are great if you do not know your partner, if you do not know their history . . . ”
This, my friends, is a big part of the reason we even have AIDS – casual, anonymous sex. Should a representative of an educational agency meet, as an authority figure, a bunch of college students and tacitly say, “Hey, it’s great fun to have sex with strangers, but don’t forget your gloves”?
I know everyone thinks college students are nothing but a bunch of drooling, sex-crazed animals who have so little self control they can’t stop themselves from mating with the first person they meet (or the first group they meet), and because of that they need information to protect themselves from pregnancy and disease.
Information is, indeed power, but I would argue that bad information is a ticket to trouble – even death.
It seems the better educational message, especially coming from someone who knows the horrific travails of AIDS, should have been: Get tested for diseases so you know your own history, get the same information from your partner, use a condom anyway, and if you don’t know the person’s name, place of birth, age, favorite color, job history and political party, keep you clothes on and your (gloved) hands to yourself.
RENÉE SCHAFER HORTON
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