A big thank you!

We would like to say a big thank you to Ansell, the maker of Lifestyle Condoms, for their donation of 246 condoms to Cathedral of Hope OKC. This donation will greatly assist us as we hand out condoms during Pride, which (when used properly) provide a barrier protection to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS.

Why give out condoms?
Because it sends the right message: Loving carefully is a moral responsibility.

The practice of safer sex behavior is a matter of life and death. By making condoms available we are saying we have “chosen life, so that we and our children may live.”

  • Human beings are sexual beings. Sex is a gift from God, to be shared with love and responsibility. In a world with HIV/AIDS, safer sex is a more loving and responsible – toward oneself and one’s partner – than unprotected sex.
  • People must have accurate safer sex information and access to the means of protection.  Condom availability does not “promote” sexual activity, but is an important part of sex education that promotes honesty in sexual relationships and acknowledges that people do have choices about their sexual behavior.  Information is critical to being able to make responsible, informed decisions.
  • Abstinence and monogamy are affirmed as behaviors individuals may choose.  No matter the age or sexual experience of the person choosing it, abstinence is always a viable choice.  Condom availability does not undermine abstinence or monogamy as appropriate Christian behavioral choices.  It does notundermine effective HIV infection prevention.  However, when people make other choices, we affirm safer sexual behavior in order to save lives.
  • Young people should be able to get their sex education from their families and their churches.* But the fact is that most young people learn about sex from their peers, who are often ill informed and confused themselves.  Many adults feel uncomfortable talking about sex. Many pastors feel ill-equipped to discuss sex openly. Many young people have no adult role models who will engage them in informed discussion about sexual behavior and choices.
  • Condoms are educational tools.  Their presence in our educational displays provides opportunities to open conversations that can save lives.  It encourages questions and discussions with our staff and volunteers who are prepared to respond with factual and up-to-date information. The condoms are a sign that we take sexuality seriously as a part of human life and that we endorse all options for preventing HIV infection.

 

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