Whatever will science tell us next?
While technology may have strengthened the fight against HIV and Aids in many countries, in Pakistan it has led to an increase in HIV infection among young people, health experts and activists have warned.
Mobile apps and social media have opened new avenues for social encounters in the conservative south Asian country. For gay men and male sex workers in particular, smartphones provide a degree of sexual liberation, a way of connecting with partners away from the streets.
Yet many remain unaware of the risks of HIV, allowing the spread of the virus to accelerate.
I suppose we could posit a Kuznets Curve here. In a truly conservative society, where no one ever has sex outside the one single marriage they contract then STDs near wouldn’t exist at all*. Then as sexual contacts increase the STD rate goes up. Then everyone worries about it and we get to the Brave New World of entirely full body condom sex and the rate declines again**.
We also get back to that old economic insistence that there are no solutions, only trade offs. What is that acceptable one between freedom and liberty of action, the STD rate and human sexuality?
*Humans, of course, have never had such a society.
**Humans, of course, have never had such a society.