June 11, 2008
While the movie version of the TV show “Sex and the City” is being hailed as trendy and hip, the consequences of the behavior depicted in the film are ignored.
Now comes a reality check in the form of a report by the New York City health department. It says more than one-fourth of adult residents of New York are infected with the herpes virus. According to the report, 26 percent of adult New Yorkers have the virus that causes genital herpes. Herpes is an incurable sexually-transmitted disease that can cause painful genital sores and can double a person’s risk for HIV.
One never hears about such things in our entertainment culture. No, you are supposed to be able to violate the laws of God at ever-younger ages and pay no price for such behavior. It is a lie and we know the father of lies, don’t we?
Commercials about herpes pretend as if those who get it have caught a cold and must be careful with their partners. They bear no responsibility for acquiring the virus. It just happened. That’s a lie, too. The New York City health department report won’t bring in money at the box office, but maybe it will knock some sense into people’s heads.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.