Sister Edith Myflesh
17 April 2002
Am I my brother's keeper?

Efforts to contain a syphilis surge among gay men in California and elsewhere have been stymied by a failure among many gay leaders to portray outbreaks as possible precursors to a rise in HIV, health experts and some AIDS activists say. "The leadership out of the gay community on this issue has essentially been absent," said Dr. Judy Wasserheit, who directed the sexually transmitted disease prevention program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for almost a decade before leaving last summer. "If we wait until we actually see those [HIV] increases in the community, it's too late."

This comes from an article in the LA Times that was sent to us by Sister Bea. The article raises some interesting questions about our society and how we view sex. Questions like: Who is responsible for my sexual choices? Who is responsible for the consequences of those choices? If I educate and inform the public about safer sex, but then choose to engage in risky activities does that invalidate my message?

Perhaps more relevant to the Order: Is one of the hazards of educating the public a tendency to become self-righteous, or is it just that self-righteous people are drawn to "public service"?

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