Use the goddamn condom! June 9, 2008Posted by dorigo in news, personal, science.
Tags: safe sex, STD, virus
The news today make me itch – it must be the summer approaching. I read that STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) have been skyrocketing in Italy in recent years, because of lack of education of our children on the dangers of unprotected promiscuous sex. I have nothing against sex, nor against promiscuity, nor am I particularly fond of rubbing my penis against a piece of plastic. But the fact is, if we do not speak up with our children, they are exceedingly likely to get clamydia (see picture on the right), HPV (papillomavirus), or HIV.
Clamydia may be asymptomatic but has the potential to cause sterility. Papillomavirus exists in tens of varieties and may give genital warts, besides being a precursor of several tumoral conditions, including cervical and oropharyngeal cancer. HIV, it goes without saying, is the worse of all, giving rise to AIDS.
All the above viruses have increased dramatically in Italy in the last few years (except HIV, which has increased but not nearly as much as less life-threatening but still dangerous conditions), especially among youngsters. Apparently, in the mind of today’s italian teenagers, the only important thing to get protection against is a unwanted pregnancy. And since the “morning after pill” has been recognized as a simple way to avert disaster, and cycle-regulating contraceptive pills are now much more commonly used than they once were, the use of condoms has declined.
The result is an endemic of HPV and clamydia among girls below 20 years of age. All this while the advertisements of condoms have increased in national television, but leaflets instructing on the dangers of unprotected sex and on the correct way of using condoms are nowhere to be found in schools. Italy is schizophrenic on this matter. I think by and large the responsibility lays with the parents, who should talk more with their children about the importance of protecting oneself while having fun.
Because we want our children to have fun. We do, don’t we ? Or would we rather be fooled ? According to a study, only 5% of the parents of teenagers below 15 years of age know if their daughters have unprotected sex, on the face of 38% of them doing it. So, are we parents protecting our children or ourselves ?
My children are 9 and 5 years old. I will not let them grow past 12 without a thorough instruction, which I will be forced to give them myself, in the lack of a public service. Of this, I am afraid, we still have to thank the catholic church, which continues to fight with all its might against a more modern society.