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Young Black Men Are Precious, Too

Editorial by Black AIDS Institute CEO and Founder Phill Wilson

January 4, 2010

Young Black Men Are Precious, Too

My recent op-ed piece entitled "Precious, and a Princess" kicked up a firestorm.

Some readers were offended because I compared the lives of some young Black women to the life of Claireece "Precious" Jones in Lee Daniels's film Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire -- even though many Black females live under the burdens of poverty, domestic violence, molestation and, yes, HIV infection.

One reader was upset that I talked about teaching our daughters how to use condoms rather than merely encouraging abstinence. I agree we should encourage our daughters to abstain from sex until they are in healthy, stable relationships. But there is a large (and growing) body of research indicating that teaching our children only abstinence -- rather than comprehensive sex education that includes abstinence as well as clear safer-sex guidelines -- leaves them in greater danger of having unprotected sex and becoming infected with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. HIV/AIDS is deadly. We have a responsibility to ensure that our children have every possible weapon to protect them from infection.

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Comment by: peace and love (canada) Tue., Feb. 2, 2010 at 4:36 pm EST
Amen to that.
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