Why Condoms Are Responsible For Spreading STDs Part III

Here is the most significant danger of condoms. They instill a sense of false security in the act of sexuality.

The use of condoms make the sexual partners feel that they are protected. Without as much as a thought as to the transmission probabilities of the rest of their sexual play. All this without the slightest realization that the use of the condom in actual fact makes virtually no difference to becoming infected.

That has created the absurd situation we find ourselves in today. Day after day many of us take horrible risks with our health and our very lives, because we misunderstand the use of condoms and the alleged protection that they give us.

Keep in mind that condoms do work. If our young lady went up to Mr. Cute, shook hands, led him into the back room, and then immediately had him put on his own condom and begin penetrative sex, without any other contact of any kind, then at the end of the sexual encounter, he were to pull out his penis, discard the condom without as much as incurring any seepage (which is extremely common around the rim of condoms even when used properly), wash his hands thoroughly, then shook hands goodbye...

Then the condom would likely work.

Otherwise, no dice.

That is the essence of the absurd situation. We have created an atmosphere of trust, nay, reliance on condoms to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases when they are pointedly useless. We have brainwashed an entire generation into the false belief that just because he is going to wear a condom, it’s OK to have sex with anyone you want, without as much as asking health-related questions first.

“So what are ya supposed to do, go up to a chick and say ‘hey, babe, do you come here often, haven’t we met before, what’s your star sign, would ya like to show me a certified copy of a recent STD test?’”

The concept of men and women exchanging their latest medical lab test reports in a night club is rather amusing. But even that wouldn’t help much.

Let’s assume that our hypothetical young lady spots Mr. Cute and decides to have a go. She asks him for his lab test. Mr. Cute knows that in this hypothetical club the best way to score is to have your lab test ready, so he whips one out of his pocket. Dated last week, it shows all the standard scans, and he is perfectly healthy. He also checks hers, and she is 100% OK as well.

So Mr. Cute and our young lady, sure in the knowledge that medical science has saved them once again, go off to the darker crannies of the night and engage in their unmentionable acts.

Well, our young lady is in for a bit of a surprise, you see. Mr. Cute had sex with another lady about four months ago, and she was HIV-positive. Therefore, as fate would have it, Mr. Cute is also HIV-positive. And as fate would also have it, our young lady is also now... guess what... HIV-positive.

They both had recent medical tests that showed that they did not have any HIV antibodies. But they’re both now HIV-positive. Surprise!

What our young lovers did not consider is the fact that a person can be HIV-positive and fully contagious for several months before the antibodies in their bloodstream will show up on the standard HIV tests, such as the Western Blot or the ELIZA. Therefore, although Mr. Cute is testing as HIV-negative, and will continue to test negative for another month or so, he is very positive. And now, so is our wonderful, but very ill, young lady.

Scared yet?

Nah? OK, then this will scare you.

Most of the people who are HIV-positive right now on this earth don’t know it.

Yes, they don’t even know it. They probably had what is known as the “AIDS flu,” which to the uninitiated is really nothing more than a bad flu that starts a few weeks after infection and lasts for a couple of weeks, but thought nothing much of it. It’s just the flu, and almost everybody gets the flu. Big deal. After all, once those flu symptoms pass, it is quite likely that the HIV-positive individual show absolutely no symptoms of HIV infection at all for a decade or more! So they carry on with their lives, sexual and otherwise. Maybe, if they have a Western Blot or ELIZA once more than six months have passed, they’ll find out. But if they don’t suspect that they’ve been exposed to HIV, they likely won’t have the test. They are HIV-positive, they are fully contagious, they risk spreading the virus to every single person that they have sexual contact with and they are blissfully ignorant of the fact.

Ouch.

So, right now you’re probably saying, “OK, dude, if you shouldn’t use condoms and you can’t even trust lab tests, what do you do on a Saturday night? ”

There is only one answer.

Go out with your regular sweetie.

You see, although medical science would like you to believe otherwise, there is nothing that can be done to completely stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Nothing at all.

I’m getting in the habit of repeating myself. It’s a nasty habit, but I want to make sure that these points are getting across to the most resistant of readers. I mentioned in the preface that I would not try to “meat out” the chapters, but there are some points that I want to make sure get through to even those readers who are disinterestedly skimming through this book while actually checking out the cute coffee drinker over by the ficus plant at Borders Bookstore.

There is no medical step that can be taken to irrevocably stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. None. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

Now there are some people who engage in all forms of sexuality with the same or many different HIV-positive partners and never become positive themselves. Why is that? Who knows? We’ve spent over twenty years and hundreds of billions of dollars in research and we still don’t have a clue. The best answer is that’s just the luck of the draw.

Sometimes you get the bear and sometimes the bear gets you.

Therefore, unless you are feeling particularly lucky about playing Russian Roulette with your life for the sake of a Saturday night orgasm, there is only one way to be sure.

As I said before, go out with your regular sweetie. The one that you have a long-term relationship with and have duly assured each other of your HIV-negative status by taking tests at six-month intervals after absolute monogamy.

Is there any other way? No. You can keep looking for one, but you won’t find it.

You can keep hoping that Glaxo Wellcome, or Pfizer, or Upjohn will come up with Virozapall, a handy little pill that you can take and zap all the viruses out of your system.

Well, you can keep hoping. And hoping. And hoping some more. It still won’t make any difference. It won’t happen. Not now. Not for a very long time. Most likely never.

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Earth Angel 8 years ago

GREAT series of Hubs Hal!!

Thanks for "calling a spade a spade!!"

It never ceases to amaze me how intelligent, well-educated adults can make such illogical decisions that can kill them!! All in the name of a "quickie!!"

A friend of mine in Nashville had a gorgeous-model son with HIV-AIDS!! It didn't matter - women and men continued to throw themselves at him even though he was very open about already being infected!!

We all became involved in the townhall meetings that ultimately made the recommendations to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control in the US) for HIV-AIDS prevention!! It was such an eye-opening experience - and disheartening as well!!

At the time, it was estimated that 1 in 2 active 18-25 year olds had already contracted genital herpes!! You would think that alone would be enough to instill a bit more caution!! Nope!! It seemed raging hormones trumped reason every time!!

Thanks again for sharing straight-talk!!

Blessings always, Earth Angel!!


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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

Thanks Earth Angel! The way that attitudes in Western culture towards HIV-AIDS have relaxed to the point of apathy is so completely ridiculous that I can barely believe it. Young people look at HIV+ celebs such as Magic Johnson, figure that he announced 17 years ago that he was + and he's still around, so it can't be that big of a deal. They are wrong. DEAD wrong.


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quicksand 8 years ago

It's really frightening. The drop in volume in articles and information on the topic over the last decade led us to believe that the spread has been checked. However your article awakens us to the fact that it is still spreading like hell. I mean like HELL.

Sociey has to pay the price for the trends that they accept and consider cool.


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Earth Angel 8 years ago

It's true Hal!! I had lunch with a dear friend, recently divorced, handsome as a model, smart as a brain surgeon, two PhD's, with two lovely small children!! I was shocked at what "normal dating" has become!! Even a first time meeting over coffee has a 90% chance of ending in unprotected sex!! Is there something in the water?? Blessings, Earth Angel!!


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Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto Author

quicksand: One of the greatest crimes of our age has been that to the Western observer, HIV-AIDS has completely fallen off the radar screen of the media's interest.

Earth Angel: I don't know if it's in the water, but it's certainly in the media which is on an unilateral mission to convince the population of the world that rampant profligate promiscuity is not only normal, but desirable. Although the murder of any individual is to be forcefully rejected by all people of good will, I am finding myself debating the value of the recent fatwa against satellite tv broadcasters! :)

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