Students' physical health is also put at risk by politically correct--but medically inaccurate--information campaigns about sexually transmitted diseases. HIV is fraudulently presented as an equal-opportunity infection, creating unnecessary panic among low-risk groups. In fact, HIV is spread almost exclusively by anal sex, intravenous drug use, or a partner who does those things. But it seems some health professionals care more about not stigmatizing certain behaviors than saving lives.
And, despite the obsessive focus on "safe sex," most women remain unaware of an easy way to protect themselves from STDs. They aren't told about the cervical transformation zone, a ring of cells that is vulnerable to infection. The transformation zone is large in a teenage girl, but shrinks as she gets older. In addition to condom use, a woman can reduce her risk of contracting an STD simply by waiting a few years to become sexually active.
Grossman's arguments against the campus "hook-up culture" are medical, not moral. She relies on research from organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Guttmacher Institute. And yet many of her colleagues dismiss scientific facts because of their faith-based beliefs that men and women are the same, HIV is an equal-opportunity threat, and discouraging promiscuity is "making moral judgments." Students across the country are paying the price.
Young people deserve comprehensive, agenda-free information from their campus health centers. In addition to providing students with information about condoms, birth control pills and STD screening, why not throw in a few words about oxytocin and the cervical transformation zone? It certainly wouldn't hurt.
In fact, it might help students become better "protected."
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