"Let marriage be hosted in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and also adulterers." Hebrews 13:4

Beyonce came out a couple of years ago, with a catchy tune and also club song referred to as "Single Ladies (Placed a ring on it"). It tells the story of a couple who have actually apparently broken up, the girl is out in the club having a great time, and another man mirrors her some attention. The "ex" is reportedly not happy via this rotate of occasions, and girlfrifinish goes on to tell him:

Causage if you like it then you shoulda put a ring on itIf you choose it then you shoulda put a ring on itDon"t be mad as soon as you see that he want itIf you prefer it then you shoulda put a ring on it

Meaning, he need to put a ring on her finger if he wants it to be an "exclusive" relationship.

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Now, tright here are rather a few things amiss out on about this ... is she arguing that simply because he puts a ring on her finger, she will belong just to him? Does "putting a ring on it" suggest gaining married? One would certainly hope so: "if you favor it, then you should marry me." And one would certainly hope that before you get married, you would certainly both be tested for all STDs ... not just HIV.

For the past few days, I have been seeing a couple of of those little "message cards" that seem to be the craze lately:


We have to be exceptionally cautious when sending this type of message.

Now the messeras in and also of themselves are not untruthful, and let me be clear, by no means do I wish to taint the sanctity of Divine Matrimony.

For those that are married, I perform not wish to indicate that your marriage is not "safe" or "unhealthy." Quite the opposite! If both parties were virgins once married, and have actually been faithful ... tright here must be no reason for concern. (Note: oral sex is not hazard free.)

For those who have actually had *relations* prior to marriage, both of you really should be tested to encertain that you are indeed negative for all STDs. (And be faithful.)

The "safest" sex, however, is NO sex. Period.

I desire to introduce you to Renee" LadyByrd Citizen, a friend and fellow activist, who is living via HIV. How did she contract HIV? From her husband also.

Please listen to her story.

... and it does not sheight with Renee. Tright here is an increasing variety of older persons finding out that they have actually contracted HIV from their spouse.

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Here is yet another story: All but forgotten: Middle-Aged, Older Black Women at hazard for HIV.