No Surprise: More Sex, More Consequences of Sex

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News that sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise is being reported as if it’s inexplicable, but it’s not really a new observation.  This is from Bill Tomison and Julianne Lima on WPRI:

The number of people in Rhode Island who have sexually transmitted diseases – especially chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis – is way up, according to the Rhode Island Department of Health. The trend is being seen nationwide, too, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. …

Put together, it’s a ten-year high in the three STDs, the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Joseph Wendleken said on Wednesday. He called it “very disturbing.”

The reason why STDs are skyrocketing is not clear. Condoms and other forms of protection are more accessible than ever.The theory is that more people are taking part in risky sexual behavior and meeting more potential casual sex partners through the surge of online or app-based dating.

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For those willing to look, these trend have popped up with reference to STDs as well as teenage pregnancies.  Most typically, however, the subject gets media attention in the context of trying to write off abstinence-only sex ed programs, so effects like that described above are downplayed because it runs contrary to the mainstream narrative.

The culture changes in an atmosphere of sex-promotion, and at the end of the day, the culture wins.  The underlying message of the condoms, condoms everywhere approach is that the urge toward sex cannot be resisted, which intrinsically contains rationalization for not resisting the urge for better-feeling non-prophylactic sex.

So, what do we end up getting?  More attempts to fix consequences, without consideration of the ever-broadening scope of those consequences — things like government-subsidized health care to provide screening and medicine that might reduce the likelihood of HIV infection, not to mention expanded funding for abortion.

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