By Cassie Tomlinson
HIV Transmission, Myth and Truth…
Many of us erroneously believe that certain,
unique people groups or people who live on other continents, in other countries
and from other cultures have to worry about HIV/AIDS. The truth is, anyone can become infected with
HIV, because it’s what you and I DO that puts us at risk, not who are or where
Science and Good Sense Agree…
To prevent becoming infected with HIV (Human
Immunodeficiency Virus), there are certain activities we can avoid that put us
at risk. The singular, most important
activity that poses the greatest threat for contracting HIV is being exposed to
the sexual fluids of an HIV+ person through having unprotected sex with him or her. On this fact, scientific research is clear
and irrefutable. So, it makes good sense
to take every precaution that limits or eradicates the risk of transmitting the
virus, especially changing our behavior/s.
Safety: Monogamy, Faithfulness and Appropriate Precautions…
Since completely “safe sex” is a myth and while
it may seem difficult and completely counter-cultural to do, changing or
curbing sexual behavior to avoid transmission could ultimately bring our risk
of sexually contracting HIV to almost zero.
Again, research demonstrates that monogamous
relationships either greatly mitigate or completely eradicate transmission of
HIV. If both you and your partner are
HIV-, you can stay that way by simply being faithful. If you are HIV+ and your partner is HIV-, you
can maintain your status by being faithful and taking appropriate precautions. If you are both HIV+, you can almost
eliminate the complications associated by being infected with two – or multiple
- strains of the virus by being faithful and taking appropriate precautions.
“Save Sex for Marriage:” Spirituality and Security…
The phrase sounds religious and “moralizing,”
but it’s scientifically, sensibly and spiritually sound. When two people stay true to God’s call to
abstain from intimate sexual activity before marriage, then come together in commitment
to one another to be faithful to each other in marriage, this covenant and
accompanying behavior brings their chances of becoming HIV+ to zero. In fact, “save sex for marriage” brings the likelihood
of contracting virtually all STI’s (sexually transmitted infections) to
Being HIV+ and/or developing AIDS is
life-altering and complex, yet both are entirely preventable by knowing truth,
accepting science and committing to no-to-low-risk behavior. Completing the circle by connecting with the
spiritual vitality of entering into a relationship with Jesus Christ and following
after His heart is the added dynamic that integrates it all!
I know the foregoing advice goes against
everything we see, hear, and read in culture today. Yet, Jesus came to earth over 2,000 years ago
as a counter-cultural revolutionary in prevailing cultures identical to our
own: showing us the way to a better life; saving us from ourselves; and calling
us to and for Himself. This reality is
not only keeps us medically safe but puts us on a path evidenced in secure and
healthy relationships with our spouses.
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