Safe Sex is Cool, Peeps
HIV/Aids and sexually transmitted diseases have been in the Metro this past week, and none of it is good news - on the 20th, it was reported that the UK has seen a rise in the rate of HIV infection across the UK, even though the rest of the world has seen improvements. That makes it the only country in western and central Europe to see an increase - and this is not a contest we really want to be winning.
On Friday, it was reported that the UK actually has one of the highest rates of new incidences of HIV in the European Union--third from the top on the list. Unfortunately, it isn't just HIV/Aids--the STI rate overall is increasing across the UK. The Health Protection Agency is reporting that infections are increasing by 2.6%. The most common STI in the UK is chlamydia, which doesn't sound like fun for anyone, really - but however not fun it is, it is up 4%.
But what is most worrying about all of these numbers is that even with all this bad news going around, young people in the UK are horrifyingly ignorant about their chances of contracting HIV/Aids. A full two-thirds of those in the age range of 15-24 said they have no concerns at all of contracting the disease. Only 32% of the British young are afraid of getting the virus. I'm outside of that range and I'm afraid of getting it - so what is everyone else thinking?
There is good information out there - please read up and protect yourselves. Sex should be all fun, no burning, itching, or horrifying deaths, no?