Editor, Daily Nexus,

“Once the dude fluid makes it to your mouth,” says Alex Shlyakhov, (“Manage Magic Beanstalk Like a Pro,” Daily Nexus, Oct. 3), “it’s safe to swallow.”

Well, actually, no. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, any sexually transmitted disease, including HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, can be transmitted via oral sex (and ejaculate in particular). And one need not “swallow” to contract a disease; oral-genital contact can also result in transmission.

Shlyakhov does a disservice to UCSB students with his “opinions,” which are uninformed at best, and possibly quite dangerous. If you value your life, spend half an hour at the Web site for the Centers for Disease Control prior to reading “The Wednesday Hump.” Or better yet, get informed, and then join one of dozens of campus organizations that help make the world a better place. There’s more to life than playing “Sexually Transmitted Disease Roulette.”