We understand that casual sex is dear to you, but staying alive is dear to us.
–Rev. Sam L. Ruteikara, co-chair of Uganda’s National AIDS-Prevention Committee
When he puts it that way, suddenly I’m less reticent to speak out against casual sex. My culture teaches me casual sex is normal, even necessary. I’ve absorbed that to a greater or lesser extent. (Greater before, getting less by the day.) Would we stand for casual flings if we understood there was life on the line? Because in some places in the world there is, as this author from Uganda points out.
Our choices, their lives–whether unborn children here, or those dying of AIDS in Africa.