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So Why Are You Looking Like That at Me?

California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Created: April 23, 2006
Latest Update: April 29, 2006

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We Didn't Do It

We didn't do it. - one plausible version by jeanne

Why Are You Looking Like That At Me?

I know I'm safe.
I'd never do it.
We just kissed and
Fooled around a little.
I'd never do it
Before I get married!
We didn't do it.
So how could this be?
Why are you looking
Like that at me?
I have HPV?

So, what's HPV? Never heard of it? Well, neither had we. Only two people in our graduate class knew of it last Wednesday. It's a virus for which they are working desperately on a vaccine because they've learned that though it's harmless in most cases, it contributes as a risk factor to the later development of cervical cancer. Both men and women can get it, probably have it at some time, since it's one of those viruses out there that our immune systems generally overcome with little problem. But sometimes, it's dangerous.

It's transmitted by direct skin contact. And, of course, sexual activity includes direct skin to skin contact. We thought we knew all the sexually transmitted diseases. We thought we knew how to be safe. The arrogance of knowingness is dangerous. There are so many things we don't know about yet. We thought we had convinced our young people that oral sex was sex, despite the President's contention. Now we need to make them aware of HPV, which can be transmitted innocently, without sexual activity, so they will understand how to protect themselves from the later development of cervical cancer and whatever else we eventually learn this virus can support or encourage.

Maria Marquez asked that I make available for flower gifts of cards, bookmarks, whatever to warn our young adults and parents of these new prcautions we need to know about. Read about it at HPV (Human Papillomavirus) - What Women Should Know American Social Health Association. Backup.

We were so sure we were safe. We didn't do it. Clinton claimed he didn't do it; but we've learned that "sex" has many meanings. We didn't do it. We've only just found out that HPV can be contracted by direct skin contact. That means "touching," not "doing anything in particular, just touching."

Parents, please look carefully at the information. It's time to talk with your teens. HPV can be a contributing cause to cervical cancer. We all need to know about HPV.

HPV (Human Papillomavirus) - What Women Should Know American Social Health Association. Backup.



    Dear Habermas focusses on illocutionary discourse, listening actively and in good faith and with respect to the Other, be the other a child, a public intellectual, a friend, or someone with whom we violently disagree. Sexuality is a topic on which we often disagree: whether it should be an open or a private issue; whether our schools and institutions should address it; even whether we, as consenting adults, should engage in it. I liked this explanation offered by the American Social Health Association. I think I'd expand the title to TALKING ABOUT SEXUALITY AND SEX, because I think it offers communication skills we all need when this issue comes up. It's on the site Maria Marquez found for us. I'm glad you sent the link, Maria. jeanne

  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus) - What Women Should Know American Social Health Association. Backup. Thanks to Maria Marquez for sending me the link and asking me to put it up immediately. Good idea, Maria.

  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) A free collection of articles about human papilloma virus (hpv) published in The New York Times.

  • Prevention of Hepatitis A Through Active or Passive Immunization Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Covers the importance of the thorough washing of your hands. Technical, coded language, but important information for everyone. jeanne Thanks to Kathleen for the link.

    Knowingness Gets Us Every Time. The story of Dr. Semmelweis, who got fired for making his staff wash their hands in 1848.

    3D Hand-Washing Mobile Provided by Colgate Softsoap. Good source for flower gifts. jeanne

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