Okay, I’ll admit it: I grew up in the ‘60’s. I loved the show, Lost in Space. To watch it now the special effects seem pretty lame- but it was awesome then. Anyway, there was a robot that used to follow the family’s young son around. Now, this kid was always getting into trouble, at which point the robot would call out the now familiar phrase.
Here at the Pregnancy Center we see many young women. When I find out that someone who has had many sexual partners, I want to become like that robot. Danger, danger: she is at extremely high risk for an STD. When a woman (or a man) has sex with 3 partners, it is the same as having sex with seven people (all of her partners, plus each of the partners he has had.) Doubling that to six partners will increase the number she has slept with exponentially to 63! And, if you double that number to 12, it will mean she has slept with 4,095 people, along with all their diseases. If I were a betting person, I would wager a lot of money that she would not only have one, but many sexually transmitted diseases.
Let’s take Chlamydia the most common STD in our country. Most people with the disease have no symptoms (or they are very mild!) Therefore, it is often not even diagnosed until it is pretty advanced. In the early stages it can be easily cured with an antibiotic. However the advanced stages can be severe. It can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, which can lead to infertility or worse. About 3 million Americans, most of them between 15 and 24 are infected every year. Statistics show that up to 50% of all sexually active women will get Chlamydia by age 30.
And this is only one of many diseases! It is a cesspool out there and if things don’t change it is only going to get worse. The good news is that the solution to all this is pretty simple. The bad news is that it will call for a radical change of behavior, which most people (along with the music, television and movie industries) are just going to deny, or laugh at. They will tell you to slap on a condom and live like you want. However, what if they are wrong? What if that won’t help? What if things keep getting worse and worse and worse?
Is a society with no sex outside of monogamous marriage possible? What am I- some kind of pious prude? Don’t I know how strong sexual urges are? However, can you think of another solution? If so, I would really like to hear it. I’m serious.
Next Monday I will talk about the consequences of STD’s on pregnancy. It gets serious, not only because a second person is involved, but because it can make the condition much more serious for the woman as well, especially if she aborts.
I really haven’t meant to get preachy- I just think you deserve to know the truth. I don’t want to see you get hurt. You need to be able to weigh the consequences for yourself.
Keeping it true! Barb