10 (18%): Oral sex is a high risk activity and I was always safe with it.
15 (13%): Oral sex is low risk activity, but I still took it seriously and was safe with it.
81 (70%): Oral sex is low risk activity, but I didn't take it seriously and was not always safe with it.
9 (7%): Oral sex is a no risk activity.
Although this is a small sample, I think it does clearly show that there were/are disconnects between what we "know" about oral sex and its risks, and how we choose to act and use that information. 70% of voters responded as I would have. We know there is a risk associated with oral risk, and that it is a "low risk". Yet, for some reason, we choose to not take it seriously and practice it safely.
Now, I ask why? Is it that condoms/dental dams taste bad? Is it that we perceive the risk to be so low that we start to think of it as a safe activity? Is it that we are more concerned with simply preventing pregnancy, and the risk of STDs slips our minds? Other thoughts/explanations?
I am 28. White. A Female. And a former Peace Corps Volunteer. I am HIV Positive. This is my story of how a few months, a few people, and a few events in Zambia changed me and my life forever. This is the story of how I contracted HIV and brought my Peace Corps Journey to a crashing halt... and how I am working now to pick up and put back together the pieces of my life as a newly diagnosed person living with HIV. This was not the journey I had originally planned... my path has traumatically and dramatically changed... but it is the one I am on now. There is no going back. There is only forward. I welcome you to follow along with me as I attempt to explore this new life ahead of me, whether you are someone from the Peace Corps community, or someone living with HIV. I welcome your comments, questions, suggestions, and opinions. Let us go forward together. To start from the beginning, click here He Gave Me More Than A Bracelet.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Poll Results: BEFORE reading this blog... how did you view unprotected oral sex and HIV Transmission?
A total of 115 voters responded to the question: BEFORE reading this blog... how did you view unprotected oral sex and HIV Transmission?