Int’l experience shows risk of sexually transmitted diseases is higher, sociologist says
The latest incidents and observations point to the fact that when people of unconventional sexual orientation offer their services on streets, a growing number among them become infected with Sexually transmitted diseases, sociologist Javid Imamoglu told APA.
According to him, international experience and studies show that the risk of sexually transmitted diseases is higher.
“For example, studies from America and Europe have shown that sexually transmitted diseases are more diverse among bisexual women and men who are in homosexual relationship, let alone heterosexuals. Due to lack of study and data about Azerbaijan, we cannot voice an opinion based on facts,” he said.
He noted that the latest incidents and observations point to the fact that when people of unconventional sexual orientation offer their services on streets, a growing number among them become infected with Sexually transmitted diseases. “This is due to their life style. The one who has intercourse with those offering sexual services in the streets should be careful,” the sociologist said.
Imamoglu underlined the need to conduct educational work for homosexuals to be aware of their disease.
According to the sociologist, although sexually transmitted diseases are treated, they do not go completely, even they can lead to death.
“We do not know and have to know who hetero is and who homo is. If a person often changes his or her partners, the risk is great. Rehabilitation work should be done in respect to those persons. It should be detected if they are virus carriers and they should be provided with constant medical care and psychological support,” he added.
The sociologist also commented on some reports that evaluate the raids conducted by law enforcement agencies as harassment and violation of the rights of sexual minorities in Azerbaijan.
He stressed that in Azerbaijan there are no problems with the adoption of cultural diversity and people of different orientations.
“Due to our weak propaganda machine, some Western circles have a misconception. Some alleges that people of different orientations are under pressure in Azerbaijan. Information should be accurate. The press should deliver information to Council of Europe, the European Union and other organizations in English in a professional manner. We should conduct propaganda in the international arena not in local websites. If the police eliminate outrage in the street, it is done in accordance with the law. Even if these actions are committed by heterosexuals, they will encounter the same attitude. We are not afraid of homosexuals. There are enough homosexuals in the country. The cultural diversity and people of different orientations are recognized in Azerbaijan,” added the sociologist.
Based on numerous requests from citizens, Baku Main Police Office took measures in order to identify individuals who offer paid intimate services to local citizens and foreign tourists in evenings in the central parts of the city, especially in Nasimi, Narimanov, Sabail and Yasamal districts, violate the public order by insulting those who refuse these services and causing a dispute, as well as to check whether they are carriers of skin and venereal diseases.
According to the current results of medical and laboratory examinations, 32 patients have been diagnosed with various venereal diseases, including 6 with AIDS, six with HIV, 16 with syphilis, 2 in acute urethritis, Candida albicans and Trichomoniasis , and 2 with hepatitis HVC virus.
Some western circles and the media regarded it as an alleged prosecution of sexual minorities in Azerbaijan and violation of their rights.
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