I recall seeing a program on TBN about STDs that mentioned over 40 kinds.
Then the female pastor mentioned some shocking statistics of infections and added that these were just cases within the church!
Religion itself is no protector against STDs.
Many other countries have done better on gay HIV rates than the US.
The African American HIV rates in the US are approaching epidemic southern African proportions (I think 40 percent of infections for 14 percent of the
The fundamentalist Christian "purity movement" has been shown to add long-term to teen pregnancies and STDs because it left kids completely
uneducated, and after two years of following the nonsense most would generally rebel and try unprotected sex.
Sex of some kind is written into our very genes.
It's a necessity, just like food, and it can only be judged morally to a point.
Then, we have to be careful how we define STDS, because not all of them are only transmitted by penetrative sex.
Some forms of herpes or hepatitis (or HIV) can also be transmitted non-sexually, although such figures can be classed with STDs.
Despite stereotypes one does not need to "fornicate" to get HIV or other STDs.
You can be really in love and have a long-term monogamy (or even a marriage) with somebody, and they can give you HIV.
STDs have always been there.
With some like Syphilis, the origin is unknown or debated.
Common and non-lethal fungal infections like Candida can also be called STDs in some cases.
Most STDs are curable, and have long been a fact of life.
Keeping the military men healthy meant that medicine on STDs advanced rapidly.
Use a condom or stay in a committed relationship (where both partners have been tested for HIV).
That goes for all sexual orientations and genders.
Stigmatizing other people for their infection rate often causes carelessness and complacency, and a false sense of security.
Statistics can show broad trends, but many people also become infected with HIV outside "high risk" groups.
Now if only the Vatican or Protestant leaders gave clarity on condoms, even in HIV discordant marriages.
Proven public health initiatives endorsed by religion?
Ha, ha, ha ... no let them rather play Russian roulette and hope that HIV won't change trends, or that a new virus won't emerge from medicating and
mistreating animals or destroying the environment.
That's where it ultimately comes from.
edit on 4-3-2013 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)