Sex Robot STD Warning: Doctors Fear Cyborgs Will NOT Stop Diseases Spreading
A groundbreaking paper studying the supposed health benefits of sex robots has been published by two researchers in the BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health journal. Dr Chantal Cox-George, a doctor and sexual health expert at St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and Professor Susan Bewley, of Women’s Health Academic Centre, King’s College London, looked at the arguments for and against the sex robot industry. Despite lots of interest from scientists, academics and ethicists, the researchers were unable to find a single study on the health implications of sexbots.
No evidence was found that sex robots could eliminate prostitution and sex trafficking and the sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that derive from the industry. In the report, Dr Cox-George wrote: “Some people envision a future with no sex trafficking, sex tourism or sex trade. “One hypothetical future red-light district has been described where the spread of sexually transmitted infections is prevented by providing robotic prostitutes made ofbacteria-resistant fibre, flushed for human fluids after use.
“This well-intentioned scenario is optimistic, and sexbots can already be bought, or leased for parties. “It is speculative whether the development of a sexbot marketplace will lead to lesser risk of violence and infections, or drive further exploitation of human sexworkers.” The researchers concluded that there is no evidence to suggest sex robots will have any health benefits, including promoting safer sex, stopping sex crimes or reducing loneliness.
She added: “The overwhelming predominant market for sexbots will be unrelated to healthcare. “Thus the ‘health’ arguments made for their benefits, as with so many advertised products, are rather specious. “Currently the precautionary principle should reject the clinical use of sexbots until their postulated benefits, namely ‘harm limitation’ and ‘therapy’ have been tested empirically.” The research threw up four key themes – safer sex, therapeutic potential, treatment for paedophiles and changing societal norms.
Dr Cox-George and Prof Bewley did acknowledge that sexbots could be used to treat enforced or unenforced celibacy as a result of ill health, ageing or personality. However, they argued sex robots could actually make existing problems worse and are hardly likely to satisfy intimacy needs. Sex robots might instead normalise sexual deviancy and cannot “treat” paedophiles or prevent sexual violence, Dr Cox-George and Prof Bewley argued.
But despite the lack of evidence to support the health benefits of sex robots, Dr Cox-George and Prof Bewley believe demand for them will continue to rise.