Dec. 1 marked World Aids Day, a day designated to raise awareness for the AIDS pandemic (which is caused by the sexually transmitted infection HIV) and honoring those who have died from the disease. Over 6,000 people live with diagnosed HIV in Memphis, according to 2015 data gathered from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) national HIV surveillance database.
This past summer, I attended one of Planned Parenthood’s “Sexperts” classes, and I learned about sexually transmitted infections, condoms and gender and sexual identities, among other things. I had not known about these things in such detail because I attended a high school in Tennessee. In 2012, Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law prohibiting Tennessee teachers from teaching “gateway sexual activity,” as the law calls such activities like “touching genitals.” This became law after I had taken my high school health class, but nevertheless, we never learned about condoms with or without the law.
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