Two Things for Today

1) It’s my daddy’s birthday. He’s at Disneyland. I heart my family so much sometimes.

2) It’s World AIDS Day. I’ve noticed something in our church and personal dialouges I’d like to address now:

AIDS IS NOT ONLY AN AFRICAN OR GAY OR POOR PEOPLE DISEASE!

Conservative estimates set the US HIV infection rate at between 1-1.5 million people. Why the discrepancy? People don’t get tested. People don’t practice safer sex.

The only 100% safe sex is no sex. But even St. Paul didn’t believe everyone was called to the celibate lifestyle. So if you’re going to have sex, have safer sex. AND THIS MEANS LESBIANS TOO!

Now, you got no excuse, because Mary Sue’s gonna lay it all out for you (with the help of her friends at Good Vibrations:

– Use condoms for intercourse (vaginal and anal).
– Use a latex or polyurethane barrier during all types of oral sex.
– Use latex or polyurethane gloves or finger cots for hand or finger penetration of the vagina or anus.
– Use condoms on sex toys used by more than one person for any type of penetration (change the condom for each person) or on toys that go from anus to vagina, changing the condoms between insertions.
– Use only water-based or silicone-based lubricants with latex products. Oil of any kind, Vaseline and hand lotion included, destroys latex. Steer clear of so-called “water-soluble” lubes, which frequently contain oil.
– Although lubricants containing spermicides like nonoxynol-9 have been said to provide extra protection against viruses and bacteria, we recommend avoiding it. Some people are sensitive to it, and some studies have shown that nonoxynol-9 actually increases the chances of bacterial infection or contracting a virus from your partner.
– Store latex products in a cool, dry place.
– Never re-use latex products. Avoid using them after the expiration date (or five years after the manufacture date).
– If you or your partner are allergic or sensitive to latex products, do not touch them. Instead, add or use non-latex alternatives: polyurethane condoms; non-latex dental dams and non-latex gloves.

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