In honor of World Aids Day, actress and activist Laverne Cox partnered with BAND-AID Brand and (RED) to encourage an open discussion about sex, promote safe sex, and help reduce the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS. Safe sex needs to be a topic of conversation in Washington DC.
Here are 3 reasons why Laverne Cox wants you to talk about your sex life.
1. Encourage Safe Sex and Condom Use
This is one of the main reasons Laverne Cox wants more people to talk about their sex lives.
She believes that open and honest discussion is essential to encouraging people to practice safe sex and use condoms. Especially since many young people aren’t using condoms despite their known benefits. “I’m still amazed at how many people don’t use condoms,” noted Cox in an interview. World Aids Day is a great time to discuss the implications of safe sex in Washington DC.
CDC data has shown that condoms are the most effective way to reduce the risk of HIV for individuals engaging in vaginal and anal intercourse. On the other hand, a CDC survey of 15-44 year olds revealed that only 23.8% of women and 33.7% of men used a condom during their last sexual intercourse in the past 12 months.
2. Discuss Shame Around Sex and Sexuality
Laverne also feels that current health courses and sexual education classes do not touch on the subject of shame around sex and sexuality. She contends that giving people the opportunity to confront shame will help them develop strategies to better manage these emotions in the future and build-up their resilience to shame-powered spirals.
3.Talk About Falling in Love, Heartbreak, and Support
While Laverne wants to foster a dialogue about sex and destigmatize the topic, she stresses that people also need to be able to share their experiences with love and heartbreak in a supportive environment. Whether it’s with friends, family members, or a trusted professional.
This can be especially difficult for the LGBTQ community, but it’s crucial for good sexual health. In Washington DC and elsewhere in the US, safe sex discussions often don’t occur due to the fear of stigma.
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