Even though July just started, there have been some new sexual health topics (positive and negative ) come to light . So these are the Top 5 Topics for this/last week.
1. Millenials (Particularly Men) Have An HIV Testing Problem
A new CDC report shows that only 1% of men between the ages of 15 to 39 have been tested between 2009 and 2012. And with about 40% of young men making up the 80% of men diagnosed with HIV, this leads us to believe there are might be a high number of men who don't know their testing status. Some believe that males between 20-29 do not think they are at risk or it may be the lack of STD and Safe sex education.
2. No Means NO!
This week Germany passed a law that officially defines the meaning of rape, clarifying the meaning of no mean's no, even if a victim does not fight back. This started after a number of sex attacks happened during New Year's Eve. The German Parliament have decided to reconstruct their sex crime act, an act that in other words, blamed the victim for the attack because they didn't defend themselves. Under this new law, groping and sex crimes committed by large groups will be prosecuted and it will make it easier to deport migrants who've committed sex offenses.Read more about the response and what prompted the change.
3. Rape and the Male Victim
We don't often talk about men or boys as victims of rape but it does happen. This week a former daycare worker was charged with raping toddlers before sending the videos to her boyfriend, a convicted sex offender and just this year, I've heard of two other female offenders sending pictures or having relations with students. Rape and the male victim is nothing new, but often it's dismissed. Organizations like, Pandora's Project or Man Can Stop Rape are beginning to speak out of the issues, maybe it's time to open up a new dialogue on male victim and female sex offenders because as workers lawyer put it, " It's very unusual to have a female charged as a sexual predator-almost unheard of".
4. Sugar, Spice, and Everything I WANT!
Remember the Spice Girls hit If You Wanna Be? The song is making a comeback in a powerful way. From speaking about gender wage equality, child marriages, to ending violence against women. The #WhatIReallyReallyWant movement is more than a solidarity movement it's a revolution, global campaign for equal rights for women. So why is this important in sexual health? Because it connects many issues that women face from around the world and transforms it into something so beautiful. I deserve to be heard, I deserve to be seen and if that's not what breaking down sexual health barriers is about, then I don't know what is.
5. Number Five is part of our new series, in case you missed it. With so much news happening ever second of the day, some news may be lost under the rubble so here are two, In Case You Missed It:
Has officially changed their marriage age from 13 to 18 or 16(with consent), why is this important? We are one step closer to stopping child marriages and combating sex trafficking (An issue rarely spoken about when we talk about sexual health)
The state has officially passed a legislation making it mandatory to access menstrual products in public schools, shelters, and correction facilities. With the tampon tax looming over our heads and the lack of affordable, safe menstrual products becoming a norm, this is a great step in changing the period rhetoric. It's the first state in the nation to enact this kind of legislation and hopeful it won't be the last.
That's all for now, let me know if I missed any new Sexual Health News or if there is a topic you would like us to explore.