Sex is a choice, risk is not.
We teach that life is about balance and that understanding these balances are what ultimately lead to both happiness and success.
In many ways, the choices we make in life are similar to Newton’s Third Law — for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
The deliciousness of ice cream doesn’t come without the frustrations of weight gain. The fun night of drinking doesn’t come without the nasty hangover the following morning.
Sex is not unlike this. Sex is a choice, risk is not. You can choose to have sex but you can’t choose whether or not risk comes with it. Because, it always does.
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction and in the case of sex, the equal but opposite reaction is disease — and, while you can set in place ways to better protect yourself, there is no way of 100% preventing it (unless you just don’t have sex).
But, that’s unrealistic. We aren’t asking that you don’t have sex, we are asking that you practice good decision making when it comes to sex.
Sex in the LGBTQ community
While love is a beautiful thing and something that should be enjoyed by everyone (regardless of sexual orientation), the LGBTQ community is not immune to STD’s.
Studies show that 75% of women who identify as Lesbian have had sex with men, and two-thirds of the time, this sex was unprotected.
In other words, if you or your partner has had sex with a man, it may be a good idea to get tested because it places you at risk of contracting an STD.
Unfortunately, the segment of the population that is most at risk of acquiring HIV is Gay and Bisexual men.
A study in 2014 showed that Gay and Bisexual men accounted for 83% of the estimated new HIV diagnoses among all males in the world.
An analysis in 2016 showed that of the 4.5 million gay and bisexual men in the United States, 15% of them are living with HIV (1 in 7 are unaware they have the disease).
*** If you are interested in reading more about ways you can take action when it comes to HIV, please visit our Take Action Page to learn more.