The 15th issue of Zi Teng Newsletter
AIDS is one of the most terrifying diseases threatening the world population. To date, it is still an incurable disease. People‟s fear over AIDS, partly comes from its incurability as well as its way of transmission. One of the major channels of infecting AIDS is through sex contacts. Given its association with sex, AIDS has invited a greater level of public odium.

It is common in our society that sex workers and their clients, gays, traffickers, drug addicts as well as teenagers are labeled as high-risk groups of AIDS infection. Yet, such labeling has brought two negative consequences to the society. Firstly, these so-called “high-risk groups” have adopted certain practices in sex behavior that are different from what is social norm i.e. sex behavior conducted under the framework of two heterosexual partners, one to one and with legal marital relationship. Distinguishing these high-risk groups from the vast population only further aggravates the labeling effect and stigmatization. Secondly, the risk of the general public infecting AIDS is higher because people would have a mistaken perception that only when they alienate themselves from the practices of those “high-risk groups”, they would not immune from infecting AIDS.

Disease never selects victims, but our sex behaviors would determine. Neither the practice of having more than one sex partners at the same time nor anal sex would make a person infected. The use of condom usually plays a more crucial part.

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