I am not going to launch into an attack of sex education across the board. I will save that for another day. But for now, here is a gem I found on twitter on World Aids Day no less:
‘Anyone can get HIV. Anal sex is the easiest way, sharing needles, vaginal sex, oral sex all make the grade.’
This is a blatant untruth, if not a deliberate lie. Anal sex is not the ‘easiest way’ to get HIV. The ‘easiest’ way, if you want to look at it like that, is probably by simply being born with the infection, as thousands of babies are each year. And sharing needles is shown to be a higher-risk than other means of contraction.
BUT, and here the – yes I will use the word- homophobia of the above statement is illustrated:
ANAL SEX itself does not cause HIV. Unprotected anal sex, with an HIV- infected partner, is an activity that carries a risk of infection.
I am tired of being lectured about sex and sexual health and even sexual morality, by people who either don’t know what they are talking about or who aim to mislead and marginalise many people.
Sex education my arse.