My friend was once asked on her Formspring (part one, part two, part three) whether she believed that dating a bisexual man was putting her at risk for HIV. (For the record, I’ve met that guy several times and he’s very smart and very well-informed about sexuality and sexual health.)
I am so glad that our Senators are so well educated. Among certain voter segments I believe that stupidity is an actual job requirement. Source is here.
i have yet to get over how profoundly idiotic our leaders are.
For the record
“It was one guy screwing a monkey” myth -> Evidence suggests that HIV came from the bushmeat trade in Cameroon. Hunters would butcher and eat chimps. The transfer of SIV (Simian Immunodeficiency Virus) to humans may have happened either by monkey blood getting into open wounds of the hunters or by eating meat that was not sufficiently prepared. Transfer between chimps and humans happened long before the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s (the first documented case was in 1931), but it did not get the chance to spread. Transfer between monkeys and humans still happens today and makes up about 1% of HIV cases in Cameroon. (x)(x)
“It’s impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex” myth -> When HIV was first brought to the US, one of the first carriers was a man who was having sex with men. The first community affected by HIV was thus gay men. However, the virus quickly spread to other populations. Anybody can contract HIV through any type of sex where there is vaginal/seminal fluid exchange (oral, anal, vaginal). HIV can also be transferred through blood and breast milk. Anal sex is a higher risk activity because membranes in the anus tear more easily. The fastest growing HIV population today is heterosexual women between the ages of 15-24. (x)(x)(x)
She really said it best: “Whose HIV status should you be worried about? Anyone who is not careful with protection and regular testing.” Amen, sista.