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The Importance of Sexual Sobriety
by Nancy Southerland
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THE IMPORTANCE OF SEXUAL SOBRIETY BY NANCY SOUTHERLAND This day nearly marks the fourth year of my husband's death and is the second time that I have given blood. Upon the arrival at the blood mobile medic, I was questioned immeasurably on my sexual habits and the condition of my personal health due to societal, prevalent, non-traditional, sexual habits verses sexual contact confined to marriage. If I had not practiced sexual sobriety, I would not have been able to give blood. My blood would not have been received. Therefore, sexual sobriety affects one's health, the public health at large, and ultimately the giving of blood. First, I am pleased to know that I am without HIV, Hepatitis B, or Hepatitis C. All three of these infections are passed through blood and body fluid transmissions. I had remained utterly faithful to my husband, and he to me with nothing outside of the marriage relations either opposite gender or same gender. I also have had neither opposite gender nor same gender sexual contact of any sort since our marriage which ended with his death. I read copious materials of description of sexual contact today at the blood mobile and felt extremely pleased with the accomplishment of sexual sobriety and the reward of personal health. The culture is filled with theses types of behaviors, and I am pleased that my personal health is acceptable and gives life to three people in plasma platelets, and blood volume. Next, my decision of sexual sobriety affects public health two-fold. I am in no sexual contact with any person either opposite gender or same gender. Thus, there is no potential for me to be contaminated, and thus loose my status of personal health which is in direct correlation to the public health. My maintaining sexual sobriety will keep the public health. This is obviously a safeguard for the protection of public health instead of its degradation to the exponential increase of HIV, Hepatitis B, or Heptatis C. Likewise, my accepted blood which is HIV, Heptatis B, or Heptatis C free will add to the public health being pathogen free. The sick and needy that use my blood will be helped verses greater hindered in their need. Disease infected blood furthers destroys public health. Finally, as a culture the practice of sexual sobriety is not in vogue. The loss of this practice affects the blood supply adversely. Thus, the giving of blood is reduced since most in society at large practice sexual looseness verses sexual sobriety. The sexual looseness in both same gender couplings as well as opposite gender affects the giving of blood adversely with the added potential of particular blood types to not be available at all. I have the third rarest blood type of AB Positive . The screenings upon entering the blood mobile is very intense and stringent and required at least 20 minutes. I was amazed at the magnanimity of sexual problems in our society that reduced the availability of blood and many blood types for those in need. In conclusion, the importance of sexual sobriety cannot be ignored. I have personal health that is free of sexual transmitted HIV, Hepatitis B, or Heptatitis C. The public health will increase by non-tainted blood supply, and people will be served in their blood needs with less potential for sexual diseases transmitted by blood and fluid transmissions. Lastly, the giving of blood will increase with the push of sobriety and more people will be able to give untainted blood with people in need having their needs met. Sexual sobriety is the only answer for our societal ill of premature and our emphasized sexualization. Sexual sobriety is of utmost importance and should be pursued and taught with vigilance! It is just as important if we do not meet this benchmark standard, to wipe the dirt off our knees and continue again to pursue this mark if we are not married no matter our age for we are alive. Any sexual sobriety affects all of these parameters positively. NANCY SOUTHERLAND The Adult Education Center April 12, 2012 THE ESSAY: Suspose you could tell someone an important lesson that you have learned in your life. In your essay, identifiy the lesson you learned and explain why it is important.

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