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Title Montrose Voice, No. 323, December 30, 1986
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date December 30, 1986
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 DECEMBER 30. 1986/MONTROSE VOICE 9 Make A New Year's AIDS Resolution: "I Will Not Put Myself or Others At Risk Commentary by Neil Schram Pacific News Service 1986 will be remembered as the year of staggering projections about the future of the AIDS epidemic with, at least,general recognition that heterosexuals are also at risk through sexual contact. Hopefully, for 1987, each and every' person who mighl he at risk will take personal responsiblity for stopping the spread of (he AIDS virus. This means believing that you are at risk, learning how to protect yourself from that risk, and making a commitment to always protect yourself. No one can tin it for you. The World Health Organizat ion recently estimated thai 10 million people worldwide arc already infected with the AIDS virus, a nun.her that will rise to 50 to 100 million within five years. It is also expected that two to four million more Americans will hecome infected over the next five years. The U.S. Public Health Service estimates that 7000 heterosexuals will develop AIDS in 1991 as a result of the spread of the AIDS virus during heterosexual intercourse—I ran sin it ted from female to male as well as male to female. Many if not most of these people will become infected in 19K7and 19HH. Ii is difficult to believe thai people know they are at risk tor AIDS, know how to protect themselves, and still fail to do so. Nevertheless, although dramatic changes have occurred in gay male sex ual behavior, too many gay men who know better still practice unprotected (no condom) anal intercourse, which is the highest risk behavior for AIDS. Some of the reasons my patients have given me for not always using condoms include: "My partner refused to use a condom;" "It doesn't feel good with a condom;" "I didn't have one with me," "After (wo negative tests for antibodies to the AIDS virus I assumed I was immune." The latter was from a patient whose third test was positive. That same denial was recently demonstrated by heterosexual members of two sex clubs in Minneapolis who had an average of 25 sexual partners, and yet 7I. percent did not believe their behavior pul them at risk for AIDS, Unfortunately, millions of Americans who do not believe it will happen to them may indeed hecome infected over the next five years Statistically, not all people are a. equal risk for infection. Couples in a monogamous relationship since at least I97H, where neither partner has used That is the problem with the advice to know the sexual and drug use history of your partner—you must know the history of his or her prior partners as well. That is of course usually impossihle. Thus you must assume the possibility that a new partner could be infected. In any event, because hundreds of thousands of Americans will become infected in 1987. the risk forhomosexu- ally or heterosexually active individuals will do nothing but rise since each newly infected person is believed to become infectious as well. Therefore now is the time to start taking precautions. Information about how to protect yourself has been available for a long time. In anal or vaginal intercourse use a condom. If you use injectable drugs, do not share needles or equipment. The goverment should be spending hundreds of millions of dollars to convince people that "intercourse without a condom can kill" and "sharing drug equipment can kill." Sadly, the government wil not spend money to try to convince you that risk exists and that you can and should protect yourself. But if you read this far. then you know. The final step, convincing you to always take precautions, depends on you. Government, no matter how much it spends, can not do that for you. The AIDS virus does not forgive. If you get infected, no matter how sorry you are, no matter how much you try to change it, that fact will not change. Only you can prevent this from happening. If you haven't already started protecting yourself, start now. I urge the following critically important 1987 New Year's resoultion: 1 will not practice behavior that puts me at risk for infection with the AIDS virus. Ever. The AIDS virus does not forgive. If you get infected, no matter how sorry you are, no matter how much you try to change it, that fact will not change. Only you can prevent this from happening. injectable drugs or received blood products, arc at no risk. For gay or bisexual men, theodds that a new male partner is infected varies from about one in five to one in two depending on the city. Tor heteroaexu- tPttntet/ai al f '('.•lice & k.ct • Gourmet CoHee • Fine Tea • Accessories • Delicious Cakes • Preserves 9. Jams • Order by Mall (713) 524-8536 3939 Montrose Houston. TX 77006 We're proud to announce the opening of our new store at 3939-R Montrose Blvd. Selling the finest in fresh roasted gourmet coffee beans and fine teas from around the world. Offering coffee & tea makers and accessories for the most discriminating, at affordable prices. Stop by and receive free membership in oui coffee & tea club and register for our weekly free coffee drawing Bring in the New Year at Michaels with Muscles in Action Parly Favor* and Free Champagne al Midnight Happv New Year from ' Our Staff 428 Westheimer — 529-2506 PNS commentator Ned Schram. a physician, is chair ot the Los Angeles City/ County AIDS Task Force als, the risk averages less than one per cent. The risk rises significantly if your partner has had sex with a gay or bisexual man, has used injectable drugs or has had sex with someone who has. montrose VOICE HOUSTON. TEXAS ISSUE 323 TUESDAY. DECEMBER 30. 1986 Published bi-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) except published weekly during Christmas and New Year's weeks Community Publishing Company 408 Avondale Houston. TX 77006 Phone (713) 529-8490 Contents copyright 1986 Office hours: 8am-6pm Henry McClurg publisher-editor Linda Wyche managing editor David Roumtort production Elroy Forbes social director Sheri Cohen Darbonne news SUBSCRIPTIONS (713) 529-8490 ADVERTISING SALES DEPARTMENT (7131 529-8490 Jerry Mulholland advemsmg director Monte Hill account executive Ken Boge account etecviwe ■ Send adoress corrections to 408 Avon- date Houslon TX 77006-3028 Si.riscr.pl ion rale in US thy Voicecamei in Mains County or hy LIS Mail elsewhere m US I S1 25 per week (up to 2 issues! $65 per yea' (52 weeks) or $32 50 per six monlbs (26 weeks] National ariveitising represent alive Rivendell Marketing 666 6tn Avenue New York 10011 i_M21 242-6863 Final advertising deadline All display ads 5pm 2 days prior lopubhcalion date All classified ads2pm 1 day prior to publication date was etleclive April 11 198P Responsibility We do not assume Imnnciai responsibility (01 claims by advertisers bui renders are asked lo advise lt>e newspaper ol any suspicion ot fradulenl or deceptive advertising and suspicions will be investigated News service United Press International
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