…re very recent developments and there’s a lot of confusion and misinformation about what they mean. Anyone even remotely involved in sex education, sexual health outreach, or HIV/AIDS-prevention work is aware of the ongoing challenge of communicating accurate information, to those who need it most, in a form they will understand. Not everyone is comfortable talking about sex, shares a common vocabulary about sexual anatomy, or …
M. J. Murphy
Indeed. I just finished a period of about a year taking questions about sexual health and HIV prevention and treatment on the on-line Q&A site Quora.
I would answer several questions each day, presenting as much evidence-based education as I could, using my writing skills to make everything as clear and simple as possible — for a complex subject.
Yet every day, I faced a new pile of similar questions. It was a daunting task.
Frankly, the US CDC makes things challenging in some of their official communications. They often start out with very clear and direct communication in their public education releases. Unfortunately, they then often water the message down later in the same article. I understand that they’re scientists and they are by nature inclined to be skeptical. I also understand that their lawyers are probably in the mix somewhere.
Nevertheless, sometimes people are confused by their disclaimers.
Clear communication in public education is important. Time is also going to be required to let the education percolate.