A Little “Stigmatization” Goes A Long Way…

A Little “Stigmatization” Goes A Long Way…

Mary Jane Fritzen

Recently PBS Newshour included a sad segment about the increasing numbers of young Americans with HIV. “Teens and young adults now account for more than a quarter of the new cases of HIV identified in the United States annuals, and a clear majority of those cases involve young gay or bisexual men, the federal government said in a major news survey Tuesday.”   Gay men are still the American population most at risk for AIDS .  What can we do?  The Center for Disease Control said we should remove the stigma so that more will seek diagnosis and help, and we should increase education and condoms.

Would it not be more effective to warn young people about the cause-effect relationship between homosexual relations and HIV-AIDS?   Of course the disease is also spread in other ways of transmitting bodily fluids from one person to another, through used hypodermic needles or infected blood transfusions.  Babies born to mothers with AIDS are innocent victims.  When some persons acquired AIDS due to blood transfusions from infected persons, immediately blood donors were screened and transfusions made safe.   AIDS is spread in several ways; nevertheless it is a sexually transmitted disease.  Knowing that homosexual relations transmit HIV, why not link the cause to its effect?

Is there a parallel in our experience identifying smoking with lung cancer? 

During the past decades, when smoking was popular, courageous physicians testified it caused lung cancer, and so Americans have since stigmatized smoking. Not all smokers acquire lung cancer and not all lung cancer is caused by smoking, but fewer people die of lung cancer now that popular sentiment is against it. Considering the cause-effect, could we help prevent HIV-AIDS by discouraging homosexual relations instead of popularizing gays and their behaviors?  We must be kind and respectful, but the pendulum seems to be swinging too far in the opposite direction.

Certainly none of us are perfect and there are plenty of bad habits and behaviors that need addressing and correcting.  But instead of assuming that homosexuals have no choice but to act upon their inclinations, let’s be open and honest about what the consequences of those inclinations might be.  The last thing we need to be doing is popularizing and normalizing a behavior that has such life-threatening consequences.  It appears to me that some “stigmatization” could save some young people’s lives.

Editor’s note:  Mary Jane Fritzen is UFI’s newest blogger.   At over 80 years old, she’s an articulate and dedicated supporter of the family.    She’s an inspiration to us all!

  • Diane
    Posted at 09:41h, 05 December

    two things: 1) it is interesting how there are always laws being made to promote safety: seat belts, speed limits, drinking ages, cell phone usage while driving, smoking ages, tanning bed usage, laws about product manufacturing and the list goes on. But nearly anything to do with sexuality, and abortion, no matter how bad it is for health (worse than drinking, smoking, and tanning) are promoted and protected rights.

    2) I ran across this statement that I feel like is a perfect argument on the matter of any sort of outside of heterosexual marriage attraction.

    Resisting sexual impulses is a very common occurrence. It happens billions of
    times a day on the planet. Married people do it routinely, even though
    they are attracted to other partners. People who would like
    to be Peeping Toms because they are sexually excited by voyeurism
    routinely resist acting on their desires because they understand them to
    be morally and legally wrong. Teachers attracted to teenage students
    routinely resist cavorting with them because they would lose their jobs
    and because it is wrong to indulge. People who might be excited by
    hiring prostitutes often resist because they know they would be breaking
    the law or because they intuit that buying sex from a young woman could
    be doing her psychological harm, even if she insists, otherwise. People
    attracted to their best friend’s girlfriends routinely resist because
    they understand that consummating the relationship would be wrong -Dr. Keith Ablow

  • Lynn
    Posted at 21:45h, 06 December

    Our society is so screwed up! Mary Jane is absolutely correct in her analysis of the situations we should be trying to avoid and discourage for the good of individuals as well as society. But what gay person is going to go along with her suggestion? And Diane’s pointing out that everything else that is unsafe is prohibited by law…everything but the sexual impulse. Anything goes if someone decides they have to have sex…then, who cares about the dangers and destruction of lives that takes place? What a screwed up society!

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