“It’s all safe, come out and play.” This must be the new theme of the rise in “raw dogging” in today’s society. Studies show that many people do not use condoms and instead, opt for the old school version of getting it in. but how can people think that it is still okay to not be in a committed relationship and engage in sex without protection in the midst of a generation that is consumed by AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases? That is the ultimate #FAIL.
Details Magazine recently posted an article called, “Death of Safe Sex,” which chronicles the lives of some 30 something professional men who reflect on their days (past and present) of promiscuous sex without condoms. Here is an insert from the column:
“Back in the eighties, it was all over television, and you just never knew who was going to get it,” he says. But Mike started noticing something: None of his friends were getting sick. Nobody he knew was dying. He got a little careless about slipping on the protection—and pretty soon he found that he was just fine with that. “By the end of the nineties, I was fairly convinced that the whole AIDS thing for straight people was overblown, and that it was pretty horrifically low odds that it would ever happen to me. Now, shit—I’m very convinced of that.”
In fact, according to a 2010 survey conducted by Kaiser, only 15 percent of people polled said they were personally very concerned with becoming infected with HIV—down from 24 percent in 1997. So it seems as though people don’t ask the common questions such as “Have you ever had herpes?” or “When was the last time you got a check up?” to a new sexual partner. These diseases simply do not evoke the same fearful reaction that it once did in the early 80’s and 90’s. Can it be because people are living longer lives even if infected with HIV?
No matter if people are dying from it or not, people are still getting it! In fact, Black and Latino communities have been disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS in America. Blacks accounted for 52% of new HIV diagnoses and 48% of AIDS diagnoses in 2008.
The main reason to call the statistics disproportional for African-Americans is because they account for 12% of the U.S. population, but they account for 51% of all HIV/AIDS cases diagnosed in 2007. Fifteen percent of all the teenagers (ages 13-19) in the U.S. are African-American, but in 2007 they accounted for 68% of new AIDS cases reported (these statistics come from www.examiner.com).
Let this year be the year for you to take charge of your sex life and always wear a condom. Make sure to hold your friends and partners to a high standard and encourage them to not be carless as well. STD’s and HIV can happen to anyone.
For more information, please visit the Center for Disease Control website (www.cdc.org) to find out exactly how these diseases can rip your life apart.
(Image from Details Magazine)