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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1989 - Issues. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 23, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/22668/show/22579.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1989 - Issues. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/22668/show/22579

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Transcript AIDS: Our future? 100 million victims by 1991 America In Devastation might be as easily coined from the AIDS acronym as Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. The devastation lies in the vast number affected, the world-wide panic and the fact that there is NO CURE. The City of Houston Department of Health and Human Resources reports 2,235 confirmed and 538 suspected cases in Houston as of January. In Harris County (non-Houston) there are 306 confirmed and 62 suspected cases. There are over 37,386 persons in the United States with AIDS, either actively or carriers of the disease, according to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, 1987. Health officials estimate that for every person with AIDS, there are 10 people with AIDS Related Conditions (ARC). According to the World Health Organization as many as 100 million individuals around the globe are expected to be infected with HIV by 1991. It is more likely that by 1991 approximately five million Americans will be carrying the AIDS virus and 60,000 Americans will die from the virus each year. Although some claim that these figures may be somewhat sensationalized, the AIDS Epidemic remains underestimated in terms of its impact. Ninety-five percent of AIDS cases reported occur among these groups: o Homosexual and bisexual men — 73 percent o Present or past users of intravenous drugs — 17 percent o Persons who have had transfusions with blood or blood products — 2 percent o Persons with hemophilia or other blood clotting disorders — 1 percent o Persons with heterosexual contacts with persons who have AIDS or are at risk of AIDS — 1 percent o Infants born to infected mothers — 1 percent It is estimated that from one to two million Americans have already been exposed to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). With an incubation rate of up to several years and no effective vaccine, treatment or cure in sight, the single greatest priority is prevention. "Better safe than sorry" is quickly becoming the catch phrase of the century. Practitioners say that AIDS can be prevented by changing behaviours. Since contracting AIDS is behaviour bound, it is a disease with which anyone can be afflicted. This approach that focuses on behaviour helps to minimize the biases that affect gay or bisexual men or IV drug-using individuals. AIDS and AIDS prevention is thus viewed as a public health issue, not a moral one. "Behavioural change does not mean encouraging celibacy, heterosexuality, or "morality," by anyone's definition;" says writer Allan Brandt, "it means developing ways to avoid coming in to contact with a deadly pathogen." This epidemic has spawned numbers of medical, social, and psychological studies. Dr. Richard Keeling, Chair of the American College of the American College Health Association's Task Force on AIDS cites a case that demonstrates the complexity of reaching everyone who needs AIDS Prevention Education. A female student who did not consider herself part of a risk group recently tested positive for HIV antibodies. She reported a three-week sexual relationship with a heterosexual male, who in turn had a two-night sexual relationship with another male. "He did not think of himself as being in a risk group and he would never define himself as gay or bisexual" Keeling says. "And that's exactly the way a lot of typically-straight males feel . . . that if it happened one or two times and it was on a camping trip and nobody knows about it . . . well then, that's not gay." AIDS is affecting many sectors of the population. Business leaders fear the disease will bankrupt the insurance industry, while medical experts fear the same fate for the health care industry. There is debate over the scarce resources being allocated for the expensive care of a relatively small number of recipients. There is also the concern that when a "cure" is found, the cost to treat or prolong life may carry too high a price tag. The anxiety created by this epidemic might be compared to the fear of the dark one experiences as a child. But we are not children any longer and the games we play are of life and death. ► LaNae Donham 304 ■ Issues