I just heard this morning that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is recommending that women should start cervical cancer screening at age 21, and not sooner, as it now is. Originally, Pap smear tests were recommended for teenagers who were sexually active, but that is no longer recommended. This comes upon the heels of the controversial mammogram guidelines. To read the full article please click on the following link Cervical Cancer Guideline Changes.
I must say I was surprised by this one, as cervical cancer poses a real threat to sexually active women. Cervical cancer is caused from the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Infection from this virus can lead to cervical cancer in sexually active women. In non-sexually active women, the body's immune system is usually sufficient enough to conteract the effects of this virus.
Here is the thing. Those of us who practice sacred Biblical sexuality have little to fear from HPV. The typical profile of a person with cervical cancer is one who is female, sexually active with multiple partners, and who may have started to have sex at a relatively young age, such as in their teens. Biblical sexuality condemns 'harlotry', and by harlotry I do not mean being a prostitute. In the Bible, harlotry means someone who sleeps around with many lovers, "but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers"(Jeremiah 3:1).
The reality is that we cannot totally depend upon health insurance or the health care system to bail us out of our many ailments. There are times when health insurance simply just does not want to pay, and my suspicion is that there is a fear that with 'free health insurance' people will not want to take responsibility for their own health. Ahh... the politics of it all. At any rate, depending on health care providers to keep you healthy when you can help yourself does, and can overwhelm the system. As a health care provider myself, I DO make a living when people are sick, but sometimes people come into the hospital with medical conditions that are incurable, because they did not take the appropriate measures when the disease was curable or manageable, and some illnesses are highly preventable, such as cervical cancer.
If we follow the Biblical guidelines for sexuality, we will reap the rewards of good health and long life, and a satisfying relationship with our mate and God.
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee (Proverbs 3:1-2).