Sex is such a risky thing. Within the last 2 days I’ve heard of 2 different people intentionally spreading HIV. This morning on FOX23, there was a story of a man facing life in prison for spreading HIV to nearly 300 people (over a 10 year period). This is a felony charge.
These situations have got me thinking about sex. Sex can bring blessings or curses. It can lead to life or death- life in the form of a baby, death in the form of a deadly disease like HIV.
Sex needs to be taken more seriously than we currently take it. It should be considered sacred and special. It was intended only for a marriage. Hebrews 13:4 states “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” Obviously, we are far away from the original design; BUT we can always change our ways!
Here are a few statistics to encourage change:
– Minorities are more at risk for health-related problems because they are exposed to more violence, poverty, and have reduced access to quality health care.
– Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD in Tulsa County.
– Ninety percent of Chlamydia cases were to individuals between the ages of 15 and 29.
– Infants born to mothers infected with Chlamydia can develop eye and lung infections.
– Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported STD in Tulsa County.
– 61% of gonorrhea cases reported their race as black.
– The gonorrhea case rate was highest in zip codes 74126 and 74106.
– As of 2007, there were an estimated 601 persons living with HIV in Tulsa County.
– An estimated 1/4 of those infected with HIV are unaware they are infected.
– Unprotected sex was the primary means of transmission of HIV.
– Minority groups have been excessively affected by HIV/AIDS.
These statistics can be found at The Tulsa Health Department website.
My hope is that this post will encourage us all to do better when it comes to sex.
Abstinence until marriage is best, but I encourage everyone to take steps to be smarter and safer when it comes to sex.