By: Daniel Otero
And again, China is a country that is always saying—we are a developing economy. But I might add the comments, “No Sex Please, We are Chinese” (MSNBC, 2009). After 5,000 years of history one would think: developed culture, developed mentality and developed- medical technology. This is not the case! Sadly and lately, there is a ‘new-prejudicial nationalism’ expressed in articles and a mentality imitating America’s past mistakes and negatives.
Already the 1980 San Francisco (U.S.A.) mentality was blaming the Gay community of De Castro for the AIDS epidemic during this decade. Calling the disease, the ‘Gay Cancer or Gay Disease’; how was it affecting gays? Through respiratory and sarcoma sicknesses; the blame was especially on the bathhouses where the gay community gathered to enjoy their sexual freedoms, desires and pleasures. It was the most casual and best way for gays to meet, without the discriminative mentality from other homophobes they constantly had to deal with!
To recall what was happening in America, already media, politicians and preachers were blaming it on sin and the homosexual lifestyle. It was not a gay disease! It was more about the openness of people, using sex in a negative way.
Without a thought on prejudice, discrimination and future hate crimes against the gay community, people go about pointing the finger and criticizing! As past negatives were done in America and now here we are in China, and I’m seeing the same problems being repeated. Chinese are committing to the same mistakes. Out of stupidity, ignorance and plain simple imitation; what thoughtlessness!
Strongly believing in sources like China Daily (June, 2014) and believing in the false-ignorance of their numbers, without proper knowledge of facts and truths to back these statistics.
With stronger information sources and expanding investigative journalism–numbers in HIV rise for certain reasons in China. Simple facts can be explained here, without the complexity of numbers, statistics and to denounce as a myth of it being or becoming a ‘gay disease’.
Fact number one, beyond the shyness, more sexual education courses are needed to explain to young adults about everything—from a nine month pregnancy (Yes, it is nine months and not 10!) to ways of reproduction and protection. Properly, seriously and professionally taught, it could become a huge success! This is part of fact number one, improperly taught or no sex education courses at all are causing HIV, not gays! Another reason is the increment of pornography, negative substitution for proper sexual learning.
Fact number two, another cause is promiscuity and sex with multiple-partners–without proper protection or a condom. The other is usually unprotected sex with prostitutes.
Fact number three is still not a problem in China, but it can still happen in the next generation. The use of narcotics and drug-addicts sharing needles. These facts cause HIV and the government should wake people up from their ‘dormant unreality’ about the world. Keeping factual events in silence doesn’t help a society; when these problems later ‘explode’, they do become worse.
Fact number four, the best one… Stay in a monogamous relationship. Millions of men in China whether in marriage or girlfriend/boyfriend relationships still go outside their pertinent lives to indulge with other lovers and prostitutes! It is out of custom and culture, but it certainly happens.
Stop the myths and learn from the positives of the American Sexual Revolution. Integrate more science and facts to a written study. Teach more sex in the classroom so students don’t indulge in pornography! It is another fact of life. It’s happening and it’s becoming worse in China.
The last one is to understand your body is to have a better and more comprehensive mind, without the complexities that are keeping millions of Chinese behind, unhappy and ignorant.