For sex workers, condom usage is extremely important to protect themselves against HIV and STIs, but in reality, this doesn’t always happen. A customer might pay much more for sex without a condom then sex with a condom, and depending on the day a sex worker has, the decision to not wear a condom may be one of necessity, then one of safety. Wearing a condom might be more risky in the short term if a sex worker is threatened with violence, or a sex worker has had something to drink. Based on these barriers, for sex workers to exclusively use the male condom during sexual contact might be unrealistic, unsafe, and a question of survival.
20 million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the U.S. each and every year.
ASHA recognizes each April as STI Awareness Month and an appropriate theme this year might be STIs By the Numbers.
HIV treatment has come a long way since the early 1980s, when AIDS was more prominently a sure killer. Today, a person can live a long and healthy life with the proper medication. However, as highlighted in a recent New York Times article, a new type of struggle has arisen for many HIV-positive activists in the United States—the struggle to live healthy lives in a post-activism era.
As February draws to a close we say adieu to the 2013 observation of National Condom Month. It seems fitting that we also take a moment to remember and say farewell to C. Everett Koop, the former U.S. Surgeon General who died on Monday, February 25.