Inbox: Put Prejudices Aside In response to some of the comments sent by some readers in response to “Casualties of Intimacy” (October 2013), I would like to say that I did not feel that it represented ASHA poorly or was in distaste. I was pleased to see that we are finally starting to ... Inbox
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Inbox: Put Prejudices Aside
The ASHA Leader, January 2014, Vol. 19, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.19012014.4
The ASHA Leader, January 2014, Vol. 19, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.19012014.4
Put Prejudices Aside
In response to some of the comments sent by some readers in response to “Casualties of Intimacy” (October 2013), I would like to say that I did not feel that it represented ASHA poorly or was in distaste. I was pleased to see that we are finally starting to address a subject that has been kept quiet due to its sexually related nature. To continue to ignore this topic or to criticize the cover because it highlights a so-called taboo topic is deeply indicative of a society in denial. We all, as professionals, must adhere to our professional code of ethics, which includes the topic of discrimination. I feel that by reacting adversely to this, individuals are essentially saying they’d rather not discuss a disease that is becoming more and more prevalent and that results in lifelong consequences and even death. This avoidance is, in itself, a form of discrimination and bias. We must always act unbiased in our treatment and education regarding our patients. HPV can affect almost anyone, even if you think you are highly moral or engage in safe-sex practice, as condoms are not 100 percent effective in preventing the transmission of HPV. Currently the only way to protect yourself from this virus is to abstain, or receive the vaccination (which covers only four types of HPV). Please, put your prejudice aside and educate yourself and your patients. Thank you.
Kelli Shaw, Boise, Idaho
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