In a reproductive wellness workshop for Filipino adolescents, the facilitator asked the young participants what they believed about, or how they would define, sex. The participants, in their teens and early 20s, practically covered the board with their responses. To cite a handful of, a single stated sex is “a tool for enjoyment.” A different stated sex is “intercourse-'the act'.” (I believed the participant could have added a smiley on the card.) A different basically wrote “pleasure.” And then an additional stated sex is “a amazing moment.”
It appears there is so considerably magic in sex that most men and women are prepared to say anything good about it. I myself consider that “the act” can be so great that these who are “trapped” in the middle of it could not thoughts its attainable consequences, which includes dangers to their wellness. The sexual act can transmit many viruses, the most fearsome of which becoming the HIV that leads to AIDS. Current reports say that at least 32 million men and women worldwide are infected with HIV/AIDS. In the Philippines, the reported casualties have currently reached 728 due to the fact 1984. Worse, rather of going away, the HIV/AIDS dilemma is displaying indicators of developing. The Division of Well being reported final week that the quantity of HIV instances doubled this year compared to final year, from a month-to-month typical of 25 to 49. The Division of Well being (DoH) also stated the current HIV-good instances constituted largely of homosexuals. In the previous quite a few years, the overseas Filipino workers-notably seamen-constituted the majority of HIV instances.
The HIV/AIDS menace is everybody's concern. Containing it along with other nagging and equally deadly ailments like malaria is a single of the Millennium Improvement Ambitions set in 2000 to be achieved by 2015. Multilateral and bilateral agencies like the United Nations, the International Fund, the HIV/AIDS Alliance, Planet Bank, USAID, amongst other individuals, as effectively as international social improvement organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, have pooled sources (monetary, technical, information and facts, and so on.) to address the dilemma. In the Philippines, the DoH and NGOs like the Philippine Help System (PHANSuP), have linked themselves to the allied international networks to improve their prospects of stopping the spread of the illness as effectively as of delivering suitable therapy to these who have been afflicted.
The essence of the international response to the HIV/AIDS dilemma has been to inform the men and women about the illness. The important is for sexually active men and women not to get themselves trapped into “risky” sexual acts. The reproductive wellness workshop I pointed out is a single of the several techniques by which information and facts on HIV/AIDS, reproductive wellness and other associated troubles can attain and be understood by men and women all the way down-in the Philippine context-to the “purok” [area] and “barangay” [village or neighborhood district] level. Right here, PHANSuP, along with its network of nongovernmental organizations, national and regional government agencies, neighborhood-primarily based organizations, amongst other individuals, has led the way in spreading the light on AIDS.
Getting ill-informed can lead a single to so considerably difficulty, even for these who consider that sex is a “tool for enjoyment.” It pays a single to know and, on the basis of that information and facts, to behave. As wellness advocates say: “Be great. If you can not be great, be cautious.”
I also guess that heterosexual couples who are lost in that amazing moment would hardly consider about other issues even if they are open to attainable conception. They would have no have to have to bother themselves with the “kill-joy” thoughts about the woman's “burdens” of pregnancy, not to mention the hellish discomfort she gets to knowledge through delivery. And then there are the dangers. Kid-bearing is a single of the causes of maternal deaths. Several infant deaths are also related with problematic delivery.
But perhaps-just perhaps-God produced sex so great so that the cycle of pleasure and discomfort and-up a larger level-of life and death, will continue. If sex was not that great, humans could defy Him, and invent anything other than sex.
As a result just after a harrowing pregnancy and a painful delivery, the mother gets overwhelmed with joy at the sight and the initially touch of her child. From then on, the child becomes a priceless treasure. And, to the delight of the globe, babies like her personal have their personal techniques of endearing themselves to absolutely everyone.
Life continues and the mother will usually be there to raise and safeguard her kid. She is prepared to face even death if only to make certain the security of her kid. She will not even enable everyone to contact her kids ugly, no matter what they could consider. She will be there till her time ends. At her sophisticated age, she could also see her personal kids go by means of discomfort, and even face attainable death, if only to have a opportunity that the subsequent generation could reside.
The father could or could not be as heroic as the mother. But his shining moment comes ahead of the conception of the kid. The story of “Helen of Troy” tells us that kings, along with legions of their subjects, killed a single an additional ahead of they earned the correct to go to bed with the queen. In motion pictures, we see guys fighting a single an additional when the lady waits for the final man standing. Elsewhere in the animal globe, the male species earns breeding rights only just after subduing all male contenders. Right now, there are numerous techniques to play the breeding rights game (energy, appears, words, wallet, even deceit rather of combat).
Man is hero ahead of life. Lady is heroine at the initially sign of life and several occasions thereafter, attempting to sustain life. The point at which their roles converge is sex. The drama that spins the cycle of life and death starts with sex. It starts and ends with a amazing moment.