IS SEXUAL FIDELITY REALLY ILLOGICAL?
Many claim it is. Telling kids not to have sex before marriage, encouraging married people to be faithful to each other, all are ridiculed in our society. Well, forget theology for a moment, and consider this.
The Centers for Disease Control ("CDC") tracks diseases in the United States. The CDC has some compelling information about sexually transmitted diseases.
First, consider that 1 in 6 Americans infected with herpes. More than 10 percent of Americans have this disease. In fact, almost 17% of those between the ages of 14 and 49 are infected with genital herpes.
More women than men have herpes for some reason. 21 percent of women have it. 11.5 percent of men have it.
The other bad news is that there is no cure for genital herpes. Although the drug commercials show beautiful people with herpes doing wonderful things, the truth is it causes recurring, painful genital sores. It also increases a person's chances of getting AIDS.
This is just one of a handful of sexually transmitted diseases that are a problem. There are 19 million new sexually transmitted disease infections every year.
So now, how impractical and old fashioned does sexual fidelity sound now? America can have a STD epidemic, or it can go back to a more conservative sexual culture.
President Obama should be interested in this also. STDs cost the health care system about $16 billion annually.