Our newest Staying Alive Foundation team member Mario gives us his review of this week’s HIV related news stories…

Sex education lacking in China

Can a woman get pregnant the first time she has sex?

Masturbation causes serious damage to health – true or false?

Abortion affects a woman’s future pregnancies – true or false?

You’d hope that most people would be able to answer these questions, but only 4.4% of Chinese youth were able to correctly answer these questions according to a survey by the United Nations Fund for Population Activities.

By the way, the answers to the above questions are yes, false (there would be some seriously damaged men if the answer was true), and false (as long as there are no complications during the abortion).

There are 161 million 15 to 24 year-olds in China and although sex education is mandatory in school, its content is limited.

The inadequacy of sex education in China is reflected by the high abortion rate in the country.

Nearly 13 million abortions are carried out each year, of which 65% occurred in women aged 20 to 29 years.


The worst “Christmas gift” in history

The Ugandan government is set to pass a new law that will outlaw homosexuality by the end of 2012.

One Ugandan politician described this law as a “Christmas gift”.

I really don’t think marginalising an entire group of people and violating their human rights is in keeping with Christian ideals.

In the fight against HIV/AIDS, stigmatisation and discrimination are huge barriers to prevention and treatment.

In Uganda, these problems are a daily reality for homosexual people who live in fear of discrimination and harassment. Homosexual acts are already prohibited under Ugandan law.


Why men in power risk cheating

David Petraeus, former four-star general and director of the mighty CIA, was obviously at the top of his game. But his recently admitted affair has now tarnished his illustrious career.

Petraeus isn’t alone though, how could we forget the political sex scandal between former US president Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky.

So why would someone in such a highly sensitive and powerful position risk it all for a bit of sexual satisfaction?

One explanation could be risk-taking personality traits. The ability to calculate risk and having the confidence to take those risks could be a useful when big decisions need to be made.

Contrary to social and moral norms, cheating can be seen as a positive strategy from an evolutionary perspective.

For men, cheating could be seen as a biological mechanism to spread their seed as much as possible.

In fact, studies have shown that in the presence of attractive women male skate boarders and blackjack players take greater risks.

Men really do think with balls instead their head sometimes.

What would you do if you found out your partner cheated on you?

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