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Montrose Voice, No. 331, February 27, 1987 - File 007. 1987-02-27. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 24, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/2313/show/2286.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 331, February 27, 1987
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date February 27, 1987
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 6 MONTROSE VOICE/FEBRUARY 27, 1987 AIDS Conference Endorses Voluntary Tests By Charles S. Taylor ATLANTA (UPI)—A two-day national conference on acquired immune deficiency syndrome ended with a strong endorsement for the expansion of AIDS tests, but stressed they should be voluntary, confidential and accompanied by counseling. The conference, convened by the federal Centers for Disease Control, recom- mended nearly unanimously Wednesday that AIDS blood tests and counseling be made available at drug treatment centers, family planning offices and venereal disease clinics. The meeting also called for encouraging pregnant women and the spouses and sexual partners of intravenous drug users to undergo screening for the deadly virus. Further, the conference recommended the federal government provide more money for increased access to AIDS tests. But the conference strongly ruled out as legally and ethically wrong proposals for mandatory testing, such as for newly admitted hospital patients, women seeking prenatal care and marriage license applicants. The CDC stirred sharp criticism from gay rights groups when it disclosed last month that it was considering recommending more widespread compulsory AIDS testing. The test works by detecting antibodies to the AIDS virus, indicating a person has been infected with the virus but has not necessarily developed the disease or its symptoms. The conference, which opened Tuesday, was called to discuss prospects for more widespread AIDS tests as a way to combat the spread of the virus. The meeting drew state and local health experts and representatives of gay rights groups, hospitals and AIDS patients from around the country. "It is my understanding ofthe recommendations that there is no support for mandatory testing, but much support for routine and voluntary testing," said Dr. Walter Dowdle of {he CDC. "We found a consensus there should be increasing support for voluntary antibody testing as an adjunct to counseling. We found a consensus that there should be increased federal support," Germans Favor General Tests HAMBURG, West Germany (UPI>- Seventy percent of West Germans favor regular tests for AIDS for everyone from prostitutes to the federal chancellor, it was reported. The daily Bild Zeitung newspaper said Wednesday results of a national public opinion survey showed that seven out of every 10 people questioned in a representative sample of 1,000 West Germans advocated widespread testing. The results of the survey by Hamburg's Society for the Empirical Social Research were released by the newspaper the day after a West German doctors organization said it would refuse to participate in a mandatory reporting system proposed by the state of Bavaria. The federal government has decided against mandatory registration of people infected with acquired immune deficiency syndrome and instead plans to begin an anti-AIDS public education program. Bavarian officials said Wednesday they planned to go ahead with AIDS testing for all applicants for public jobs as well as inmates in jails and prisons. said Dr. William J. Curran, professor of legal medicine at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Robert J. Levine of the Yale School of Medicine said "there is a need for protection of confidentiality" and laws should be passed to bar housing and job discrimination on the basis of AIDS test results. The CDC says 30,632 cases of AIDS were reported in the United States as of Feb. 9, of which 17,542 resulted in death. It projects 270,000 AIDS cases and 179,000 deaths by 1991. The final conference meeting was interrupted by a gay rights group called "The Lavender Hill Mob" shouting: 'Where is the funding. Where is rib- lvarin (a drug that has shown promise in AIDS treatment)." Later, gay rights activists said they thought the conference responded to their pleas for federal funding and protests against mandatory testing. "We came here fearing our voices would be ignored, but our voices were heard loud and clear," said Urashi Vaid of New York, a spokeswoman for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. We're Houston's Largest Gay Audience. We're the readers of the Montrose Voice. We're the people you reach when you advertise in the Montrose Voice. We're about 27,000 readers weekly. (There's still another 26,870 of us not pictured above.) You know what else? We, the readers of the Voice, spend somewhere around $6,000,000 weekly on the things we buy—clothes, partying at night, apartments, cars ami repair, hair care, serious things and silly things. (Yes, that's $6 million weekly.) Got something to sell next week? We've got the money to buy it. Maybe all you have to do is ask—by advertising to us through our newspaper. The Montrose Voice THE NEWSPAPER OF MONTROSE DIAL 529-8490 (or ADVERTISING or HOME DELIVERY Tuesday temporarily suspended ) readership appro* 27.000 t5%allowi $225 a week (on everything in life). I 10 000 Copies Friday (5000 COpie
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