On yesterday's edition of the CBC News, a story by Jack Julian discussed an ongoing outbreak of syphilis amongst men who have sex with men. I have been doing a lot of research around sexual health, specifically amongst queer populations.
Inspired by Julian's story, as well as by other recent readings, I posted an op-ed in my blog for Xtra, Down East.
The essays looks at the ideas around how we discuss sex and sexual health, and how the traditional approaches may be lacking when it comes to educating individuals when it coms to making choices around their own health.
"Imagine if our sex lives were automobiles. For those of us who do drive, we know that it takes time to learn how to drive. But how can you drive if you don’t know how to take proper care of your car, both inside and out? You can know how to put the key in the ignition, but if your car won’t turn over, how do you fix it? You can’t just ram the key in hoping all of a sudden it will turn over and be ready to go. If you get a ding or a scratch, what do you do then? Does your car have less value all of a sudden? No. It doesn’t."
You can read the rest of it here.