Condemning condom use sure is popular this week, as Focus on the Family (located in Colorado Spring, site of devasatating wildfires this month) compares condom distribution to giving children matches as toys.
This year’s New York State legislative session has ended, and by failing to vote on and pass the “no condoms as evidence of prostitution” bill, lawmakers missed an opportunity to be national and global leaders in ensuring that counterproductive policing and prosecuting practice does not compromise disease prevention and public health.
In this week’s sexual health round up: a CDC review of available evidence found that hormonal contraception (including Depo-Provera) does not increase a woman’s risk of contracting or transmitting HIV; a new study found that cheaters were less likely to practice safer sex than those in open relationships; an online club will send you condoms for as little of $1 a month; and a man steals a vibrator for a reason.
It is impractical to believe that college students will not be sexually active. Not using the appropriate preventive measures (i.e. a condom) can lead to both unintended and unwanted consequences, high-risk situations or not. It is obvious that changes need to be made. But where to begin?
On January 25, the mayor of Los Angeles signed regulation that requires the use of condoms by all performers in adult movies filmed within the city’s borders. Public health advocates have unsurprisingly celebrated the regulation, but there are some reasons why the ordinance may not be as effective as one might hope.
The battle in Los Angeles over whether porn stars should be required to use condoms is heating up again as an AIDS activist group started collecting signatures last week for a new ballot initiative. If it gets on the ballot, the voters of Los Angeles County may get to decide how much latex we see in adult films.
Last week the porn industry voluntarily shut down production on movie sets around the country after an unnamed actress initially tested positive for HIV. While it turned out to be a false positive, the incident exposed the ongoing controversy around industry handling of the possibility of spreading infections on set.
The payoff for getting into debates with today’s Catholic hierarchy seems pretty low.
While some had hoped this weekend’s meeting would build on recent comments about condoms from the pope, Vatican officials toed the line and emphasized chastity and behavior change.
This weekend the Vatican is hostings a symposium on preventing HIV and caring for those living with the virus. Advocates are hoping that the Vatican will use this opportunity to build on the pope’s recent comments regarding condoms.