Planned Parenthood Guide Tells HIV-Infected Youth to Enjoy Sex
A Planned Parenthood guide tells HIV-infected youth to enjoy sex and to keep their status secret if they want to.
From the Planned Parenthood guide:
This guide is here to support your sexual pleasure and health, and to help you develop
strong intimate relationships. It explores how your human rights and sexual well-being are related and suggests strategies to help you make decisions about dating, relationships, sex and parenthood. It explores the rights of young people living with HIV to:
Young people living with HIV may feel that sex is just not an option, but don’t worry — many young people living with HIV live healthy, fun, happy and sexually fulfilling lives. You can too, if you want to! Things get easier (and sex can get even better) as you become more comfortable with your status.
• express and enjoy their sexuality (page 3)
• decide if, when, and how to disclose their HIV status (page 5)
Planned Parenthood is distributing a pamphlet that encourages HIV-infected youth to enjoy sex. The guide also says it is a human right and not a criminal issue as to whether a person decides if or when to disclose their HIV status.
CNS News reported, via Free Republic:
In a guide for young people published by the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the organization says it opposes laws that make it a crime for people not to tell sexual partners they have HIV. The IPPF’s “Healthy, Happy and Hot” guide also tells young people who have the virus that they have a right to “fun, happy and sexually fulfilling lives.”
HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.
“Some countries have laws that say people living with HIV must tell their sexual partner(s) about their status before having sex, even if they use condoms or only engage in sexual activity with a low risk of giving HIV to someone else,” the guide states. “These laws violate the rights of people living with HIV by forcing them to disclose or face the possibility of criminal charges.”
Under the heading “Sexual Pleasure and Well-Being,” the guide declares that it is a human right and not a criminal issue as to whether a person decides if or when to disclose their HIV status, even if they engage in sexual activities.
“You know best when it is safe for you to disclose your status,” the guide states. “There are many reasons that people do not share their HIV status. They may not want people to know they are living with HIV because of the stigma and discrimination within their community.”