Late last week the Queensland government changed the law to legalise anal intercourse by 16 year olds
They cannot drink, smoke or vote, but since Friday Queensland’s criminal code no longer protects young people aged 16 to 18 from the harms of anal intercourse.
“Australian MPs agree that youths under 18 should be denied potentially harmful choices like buying alcohol or cigarettes,” FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said today.
“But homosexual activity carries equal or more serious risks. There is the risk of contracting HIV and other dangerous infections such as syphilis and gonorrhoea – a risk far higher than with vaginal intercourse, because the thin rectal lining is more easily breached, allowing faeces, viruses and bacteria to enter the bloodstream. There is also the risk that older men may more readily groom 16 year old boys for sexual activity, knowing they have the backing of the law.”
Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick has openly acknowledged that “unprotected anal intercourse is the highest-risk behaviour for transmission of HIV”, but claims the law change would encourage more teens to seek medical advice and testing.
“There is absolutely no evidence that the new law will produce such an outcome,” Ros Phillips said. “Despite many millions of dollars spent educating the gay community on ‘safe sex’, the Kirby Institute says that more than 35 per cent of men with casual sex partners practise unprotected sex; in men who are HIV-positive, the rate is close to 60 per cent.
“A 2012 study of Australian homosexual men found that only half of the men used condoms consistently with casual partners, and less than 30% did so with regular partners.
“A youth of 16 or 17 still needs legal protection from older male predators, but the new law has removed it.”
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