Thu | Aug 17, 2017

Anal sex too risky

Published:Saturday | August 5, 2017 | 8:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I read the article 'Free up buggery!' (Sunday Gleaner, July 23, 2017) with great interest, as I thought Bishop Howard Gregory would have provided a framework for his recommendation of removing the offence of buggery from the Jamaican law books. I was left disappointed because instead of presenting a sound analysis, I saw mere generalities.

The bishop said his submission to the parliamentary committee calling for the repeal of the buggery act was not advocating "homosexual marriage". This is a confusing stance. If "homosexual marriage" is not the endgame, is the bishop promoting a promiscuous lifestyle among the MSM (men having sex with men) community?

Bishop Gregory also stated, "What happens in privacy between consenting adults should be beyond the purview of the Government." This statement sounds good, but it is a fallacy. What happens if the consenting adults are close relatives, like mother and son? What happens when activities done in the privacy of the bedroom become a public health risk?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found significantly higher rates of rectal gonorrhoea, HIV/AIDS and all three strains of hepatitis among homosexuals.

Homosexuality has also been linked to increased rates of Human papillomaxinis, the leading cause of cervical cancer worldwide, syphilis and anal cancer. A study in the International Journal of Epidemiology estimated that homosexual behaviour reduces the lifespan of males by 8 to 20 years. (Statistics taken from Homosexuality A Public Health Disaster by David Bass).

The recommendation forwarded by Bishop Gregory fails to take into account societal and public health risks associated with the homosexual lifestyle.

MARSHA NORMAN