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Title Montrose Voice, No. 337, April 10, 1987
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date April 10, 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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Title File 007
Transcript 6 MONTROSE VOICE/APRIL 10, 1987 Heterosexual Risk of AIDS is ' Very Much Exaggerated/ Claims Army Study By Larry Doyle UPI Science Writer CHICAGO—An influential Army study purporting to document transmission of AIDS from infected prostitutes to soldiers is flawed and has led to unwarranted fears the virus will quickly infiltrate the heterosexual population, a health official charged earlier this month. John Potterat, director of infectious disease at the El Paso County Health Department in Colorado Springs, Colo., said April 2 that there is good evidence suggesting the soldiers lied to investigators at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington and were infected through "classic high-risk activities"— intravenous drug use or homosexual contact. Potterat also said other evidence of female-to-male transmission is rare and infection from heterosexual intercourse unlikely, at least for men. He said that while men can apparently infect women, numbers of infected heterosexual men are likely to remain small, making a heterosexual epidemic unlikely. "My feeling is that the threat to heterosexuals is very much exaggerated," Potterat said. "There's this idea that there's going to be this real flood of heterosexual cases and I don't think we're going to see that. "I think it's going to be more of a trickle than anything. Why panic the entire population when in point of fact the risk is very, very small." Walter Reed researchers and other health officials, including one from the federal Centers for Disease Control, acknowledged that heterosexuals are probably less likely to contract AIDS than are homosexuals, but said the risk does exist. "It's perfectly clear (the virus) is not spreading as fast in the heterosexual population," said Dr. Tom Peterman, of the Atlanta-based CDC. "But I don't think there's any question that transmission occurs. The question is whether it occurs frequently." Potterat's charges, leveled in a letter to the Journal of the American Medical Association, refueled a continuing debate over what conditions are neces- Italian Baker Gets Tough with AIDS Rumors VENICE, Italy (UPI)-A baker, alarmed by rumors he was suffering from AIDS, posted 200 leaflets earlier this month on walls in Chioggia, an industrial port at the southern end of the Venice lagoon. The leaflets carried a photocopy of a medical certificate stating Giordano Villan is not suffering from acquired immune deficiency syndrome and a few words of admonition to his fellow citizens. "Because of inaccurate information, the AIDS virus in recent years has created a crazy form of racism in society," Villan said April 2 in the leaflet. "For the information ofthe rumor- mongers and credulous people who believed them, here is a copy of my test certificate." The baker said he blamed the rumors for a recent loss of clients. sary to transmit the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome. In October 1985, Dr. Robert Redfield and his colleagues published the first study appearing to document heterosexual AIDS transmission outside Third World countries. The Walter Reed reseachers interviewed nine men carrying the virus whose only admitted high risk activity was heterosexual intercourse with prostitutes. Although the study was later criticized by scientists questioning the truthfulness of soldiers asked to admit to punishable offenses, the researchers defended it. Potterat and associates tested their hypothesis that soldiers are more likely to reveal homosexual behavior or drug use to civilian doctors by interviewing 20 soldiers infected with the AIDS virus. Although only four admitted homosexual contact to military doctors, 14 acknowledged such activity to civilian doctors. Three people admitted to intravenous drug use, compared to one in the military investigation. Dr. David Wright, one of the Walter Reed researchers, defended the Army studies and said the hospital has since seen a number of men who were infected sexually by spouses who contracted the virus from blood transfusions, "which pretty much proves that it can happen." "I don't know what the frequency with which it occurs, but it does occur, and it's important to realize that," he said. "No one wants to believe that there is heterosexual transmission, and maybe that's why they don't want to believe us." As of March 30, the CDC said 33,482 cases of AIDS had been reported in the United States, resulting in 19,394 deaths. Of those cases, 1,261 have been classified as heterosexually transmitted, 630 among Americans and 631 among Haitians and central Africans. The ratio of American male-to-females contracting the virus heterosexually is about l-to-5. Sexual Healthy sex is good for your mental well-being. Play Safe. A Public Service Message from JOE., a Private Organization MEMBERSHIP INQUIRIES may be made Tuesday & Thursday 8-9pm Friday & Saturday 11pm- 1 30am, Sunday 6-9pm. THERE ARE RESTRICTIONS. Memberships are limited to reasonably- attractive out-of-the-closet liberated adult gay men who are secure with their sexuality. We discriminate on the basis that new members must be in reasonable condition for their body type and (even more important) that they possess a mental attitude that will contribute to the overall atmosphere at JOE J.O.E. meets at the COTTAGE PLAYHOUSE at 611 PACIFIC (Look for the Play Safe Flag).
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