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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1988 - Issues. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 31, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19438/show/19178.

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Transcript AIDS: Young Adults Are Not Immune He lays in his bed, his skin stretched taut over his bones. His sleep is momentarily disrupted by a violent cough, his body slowly yielding to the fluid invading his lungs. At one end of the bed, deflated balloons saying, "You're somebody special' ' have fallen to the floor. On the nightstand, a red velvet box of candy remains unopened. He is unaware Valentine's Day has come and gone. His name was Earl. He was homosexual, and he had AIDS. He died Feb. 23, 1988. Some students don't think they could die from the so-called "fag disease." Doctors say they're wrong. "Young adults especially those aged 19 to 25, seem to think they are immortal," said Robert Awe, chief of pulmonary medicine at Jeff Davis Hospital. "We (at the AIDS unit) see more and more heterosexuals in their mid-to-late 20s. I have a female patient at present who has had four sex partners. To her knowledge all were heterosexual and had no contact with intravenous drugs, and she has AIDS." So far, the infection rate of AIDS in heterosexuals has been relatively low in the United States. According to some medical professionals and the results of a campus survey, however, the number may increase. The majority of 500 students at UH indicated in a recent survey concerning their sexual behavior that they do not believe they are at risk for contracting AIDS. (Participants in the survey were not randomly selected and therefore the results are not necessarily representative of the student body as a whole.) Doctors, however, said that if students don't take precautions, the infectious rate among their age group could increase dramatically. Joshua M. Gold, a Houston internal medicine and immunology specialist, said that AIDS in the heterosexual community is a pressing matter. "If they (young adults) don't alter their lifestyles, there will be irreversible damage done," he said. By the age 21, the average number of sexual partners of those polled was seven. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, noted researchers in the area of sexual behavior consider six partners "numerous." Yet only 14 percent of those surveyed here felt they might be at risk for contracting AIDS. Gold is one of the many who advocate safe sex as a means of avoiding infection of the virus, which means preventing the exchange of body fluids such as blood, semen, urine, and stool. Using a condom during high-risk sexual activities, or abstention, Gold said, are the only known precautions against coming in contact with the body fluids that cany the AIDS virus. UH students, however, have not been heeding this advice. Of those polled, 52 percent indicated that they never use condoms during intercourse, 33 percent use them only sometimes and 15 percent declined to answer the question. According to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta (CDC), there have been 56,115 reported cases of AIDS in the United States as of March 21, 1988. Awe spoke about three waves of victims of the AIDS epidemic: gay and bisexual men, intravenous drug users and their partners, and 19-25 year old heterosexual adults. "We won't see the true impact for another seven to 10 years," Awe said, referring to the latency period of the disease. "The people that are dying now contracted the virus when they were aged 19-35." Recent figures from the CDF show that 2,254 of the cases reported are diagnosed in heterosexuals — 1,228 females and 1,026 males. The CDC also attributes 1,759 of its reported cases to unknown origin, those who were diagnosed with AIDS but were at no apparent risk. Still, it seems college-age heterosexuals do not believe these sta tistics affect them. During the campus-sponsored AIDS Awareness Week in February, the turnout for most of the activities was sparse. "There has been enough information out there now that people know that if they are having sex, they are at risk," said Karen Gregroy, a panelist at the AIDS awareness Week discussion. "People are going to die from this, people like you, people like me." Gold said, "Until we know more about the disease, people should not take a chance." — Lori Clay Results of Campus Survey Average age polled Average number of partners Thought they were at risk Thought they were not at risk Declined answer Changed lifestyle due to AIDS Haven't changed lifestyle because of AIDS Declined answer Used condoms sometimes Don't use condoms Declined answer 21 7 14% 77% 9% 33% 61% 6% 33% 52% 15% Results do not necessarily represent student community as a whole. Bisexuals, intravenous drug users and prostitutes run the risk of contracting AIDS. Nancy Reagan's "Safe Sex" campaign continues. Photo by Michael Williams. 62 University of Houston