Young Black Men Are Precious, Too
Editorial by Black AIDS Institute CEO and Founder Phill Wilson
January 4, 2010
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.View Full Article
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