Transmissions of Sexually Transmissible Diseases & Infections to your sexual partner is a crime!!

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) have been rising in the LGBT community, with an increase in syphilis infected individuals seen across the country. In the year 2014, gay dating accounted for 83% of primary as well as secondary syphilis cases. STDs, including chlamydia and gonorrhea infections, are common in the LGBT community. HPV (Human papillomavirus), the most common STD in the United States, is also a concern for the LGBT community. Certain types of HPV can lead to genital and anal warts, whereas some can lead to anal and oral cancers.

How are Sexually Transmitted Diseases spread?

  • STDs are spread via sexual contact without any form of protection with someone who is infected with a sexually transmitted disease. Sexual contact includes oral, anal, vaginal, and genital skin-to-skin contact. Where condoms are useful; however, HPV and HSV can be spread through contact with the skin around the genitals that are not protected with the condom.
  • Some sexually transmitted diseases are spread through body fluids such as semen, like HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. Whereas other STDs, such as HIV and Hepatitis B, are spread through blood. Genital herpes, syphilis, and HPV are most often spread by genital skin-to-skin contact.

Intentional or Reckless

Reckless infection transmission via unprotected sexual activity is a crime, and you can be convicted of it if you cause someone else to be infected intentionally or recklessly. For instance, if you have been diagnosed with an STD and later engage in sexual activity with someone else without letting them know that you have the disease, you can be charged with this crime if that person gets infected. However, if you unknowingly infect your LGBT date with an STD, you cannot be found guilty of this crime. To convict you, your prosecutor must be able to prove that you knew you had the disease and that you intentionally spread it to someone else.

Attempted murder charges are a possibility if someone knowingly or intentionally infected another to cause their death.

Importance of Consent

Many states have laws that allow LGBT people with an STD to engage in sexual contact knowingly without the fear of prosecution that is only if they tell their LGBT date about the disease. As long as your LGBT date consents to the relationship, the person with the STD will not be held guilty of criminal transmission.

Parting Words

LGBT youth have higher chances of sexual coercion as well as gay dating violence than their heterosexual counterparts. Despite that, LGBT youth are often not even acknowledged in discussions about sexual health, and in some instances, non-heterosexual orientations are only discussed if they are painted as wrong. These realities put safe sex out of reach for many LGBT youth.

At Rainbow Fellowship Global Network (RFGN), we believe that it is time to support safe sex practices in the LGBT community as for their heterosexual counterparts. RFGN allows for a quality improvement initiative as compared to other gay meeting sites. RFGN extends LGBT support to the community. Here lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender (LGBT) can socialize online with one another, support each other, and seek support for themselves. RFGN promotes transparency and consent at all times. We encourage our LGBT community members to be truthful and honest to one another, whether about their health or any other matter.

We believe in creating a better, safer world for our LGBT community.

 

 

    2 Comments

    1. shabnaz shabnaz on December 29, 2020 at 4:28 am

      Honesty and care for your partner are very significant aspects of any relationship. Therefore, every partner shall be careful about the health of their partner and protect them from any diseases. It is not only a legal obligation but also a moral responsibility.

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    2. Amir Malik Amir Malik on December 30, 2020 at 7:14 pm

      Sexual diseases are a crime indeed. Kudos on raising awareness on this. The LGBT community needs to be educated on its seriousness.

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