October 16, 2005

Price of Promiscuity

BBC's Panorama programme has has lifted the lid on the sexual health crisis in the UK.

Under the previous Government, STIs actually dropped. When Labour came to power, they deprioritised sexual health. They promoted promiscuity. Rates of every possible disease have shot up. Surprise?

All the old diseases are back with a vengence. Syphilis is on the rise. So is gonorrhea. But these are bacterial and easily curable with antibiotics. HIV infection is on the rise, at least in part because of the increased popularity of condomless sodomy. However two-thirds of new HIV cases are as a result of heterosexual relationships.

In Year 10 (ages 14-15), as a part of the RE GCSE unit which covers marriage and the family, we do a survey about views concerning views about sex. The survey asks for a response from 1 (strongly agree) to 10 (strongly disagree). The first statement is, "Casual sex between consenting adults is always acceptable." Without thinking about it or batting an eye, the majority give it a 1. Likewise, to the statement "Sex is a gift from God to be enjoyed within marriage," the response is overwhelmingly 10.

In the early 1990s, there was no wait for appointments at sexual health clinics. Now the wait is anywhere from two to nine weeks. 10% of sexually active people under 25 know they have chlamydia. How many don't know? With no timely treatment available, more and more of these cases will result in infertility. The birth rate is already way below replacement. In the next generation, who will actually be in the workforce?

Posted by david at October 16, 2005 11:12 PM