I came across a Swedish study out earlier this week that is just too good to pass up. Get this: a significant number of young men in Sweden consider contracting an STD to be an affirmation of manhood, rather than a serious health issue.
None of the young women in the study (not surprisingly) considered an STD diagnosis as a sign of their "success with the boys." The study did find something both genders had in common: hesitation about using condoms. The young women feared upsetting their partner by asking him to use one, and the young men worried that taking out a condom would make them look as if they assumed they would get lucky that night.
While I don't think we should stigmatize people with STDs, it doesn't seem good for anyone to glorify preventable diseases. Do you find the study's results shocking or predictable?