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The Michigan Daily
Edited and managed by Students at the
University of Michigan
Wednesday, May 18, 1977
News Phone: 764-0552
It's a ciizen's right
to vrote or not to vrote

Health Service Handbook

'By SYLVIA HACKER
and NANCY PALCHIK
QUESTION: An article recent-
ly appeared in the Chicago Tri-
bune cnncerning a form of
Herpes called Herpes Simplex
II. If possible, could you de-
scribe this form in detail, its
causes, in what ways it can be
contracted, is there- any relief,
etc? This disease was equated
with VD as a possible cause of
virth defects and cervical can-
cer! Is there any truth to this?
ANSWER: Herpes I is the
variety of virus which occurs
above the waist in the form of
cold sores and fever blisters.
Herpes II occurs below the waist
and is thought to be transmit-
ted sexually.
Both types of herpes viruses
are typical of all viruses in that
they live in the cells of the body
probably for all of a person's
life and simply erupt every so
often for such diverse reasons
as fever, colds, emotional up-
set, fatigue, sunburn ... With
specific reference to Herpes II,
after an unknown incubation
period following sexual inter-
course, one or more groups of

small and painful bumps or blis-
ters appear on the sex organs
or anus. The blisters soon rup-
ture to form soft, extremely
painful open sores on a reddish
base. After four to five days,
the sores become less painful
and begin to heal themselves.
They are usually completely
healed by the end of 10 to 20
days and leave little, if any,
scarring.
THE PROBLEM, however, is
that even after the sores are
totally gone, the virus continues
to be shed for about 10 to 14
days, so it is recommended that
sexual intercourse be avoided
during that period as well.
There are a number of com-
plications associated with Herp-
es It. Some people undergo re-
curring bouts with this virus
where the sores reappear one
or several times and the 10-
to 20-day healing process has to
occur again.
Since this reactivation is more
likely to occur when the body
is weakened, it is thought the
best defense against the recur-
rence is to maintain oneself in
a state of good health by suffic-

BECAUSE voting is a right,
rather than 'a privilege,
of all American citizens at
the age of majority, Jimmy
Carter's voter registration
proposals merit scrutiny.
The proposal would per-
mit persons to register to
vote on election day at poll-
ing places. Perry Bullard,
(D-Ann Arbor), after his
proposal was not considered
in the state legislature, has
re - introduced legislation
similar to Carter's proposal.
Although lowering restric-
tions on voter registration
may not actually increase
voter turnout, it would pro-
vide the greatest possible
opportunity for citizens to
exercise their right to vote,{
short of the institution of
Big Brother-esque automat-
ic registration.
THERE ARE several solu-
tions to the fraud po-
tential, most of which re-
quire the registering voter
to present proof of identity
and proof of residence.
From there, election offic-
ials could fill out -and file
cards. Should an individual
attempt to vote again, out-
side of his-her precinct, the
filer would notice the dupli-
cation, and the attempt
could be easily foiled.
The other alternatives
are variations on that
theme: officials could util-
ize computers, cross-check-
ing systems, or several sim-
ilar methods.
S Bullard's bill goes one

step beyond Carter's pro-
posal: he suggests citizens
be allowed to register by
dropping a postcard to their
county clerks, thus elimin-
ating the trip to City Hall.
The steps to guard against
fraud are not a large
enough obstacle to justify
the denial of easy access
to the polls. That access
must, at all costs, be pro-
tected as one of the hall-
marks of our governmental
system.

ient good food, rest and exer-
cise.
Another complication is the
possibility that infection by this
herpes virus makes a woman
more susceptible to cervical can-
cer. Fortunately, cervical can-
cer can be detected at an ear-
ly stage by a simple Pap test.
If detected early, it has a 10
per cent cure rate. A newborn
infant may become infected dur-
ing birth with Herpes It while
passing through its mother's in-
fected cervix or vagina.
IT IS ALSO possible some in-
fants become infected while
still in the uterus. Premature
babies are particularly suscep-
tible to such infections. The re-
sults of herpes infection of the
newborn are extremely vari-
able; in some cases the child
recovers completely, while to
others, it develops a severe
brain infection which is quick-
ly fatal. The incidence of such
infection is not knowvn, but it
has been suggested many still-
births and miscarriages are act-
ually the result of herpes infec-
tion.
Unfortunately there is no anti-
biotic which can kill the virus.
Experiments have been conduct-
ed with various chemicals, dyes
and radiation, but results have
been inconsistent. Presently, the
only treatment is a pain killer
to reduce discomfort, trying to
keep the body healthy and just
checking the sore tissues for
any possible secondary bacterial
infection. _
If the latter occurs, it should
be treated with an antibiotic
by a doctor. Women who have
genital herpes and who have
regular intercourse with a man
who develops it must have a
Pap test for cervical cancer
every six months.
Send all health related ques-
tions to:
Health Educators
University Health Service
Division of Office of
Student Services
207 Fletcher
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
TODAY'S STAFF:
NEWS: Stu McConnell,
Ken Parsigian
EDITORIAL: Linda Willcox
PHOTO: Alan Bilinsky
ARTS: David Keeps
SPORTS: Paul Campbell,
Don MacLachlan

Lette,
To The Daily:
The news is full of Legislator
tics with crime and constitutiona
tal punishment, wiretapping, bail
pressive sentencing measures m
PR, but they have little effect
crime.
While there are many genuine
ed in the fight against crime, t
can do one simple thing that wou
mediate help - the repeal of c
ties on private possession and use
The Detroit Police Narcotics D
State Police Uniform Crime Repor
there were 17,577 arrests from ma
A California Senate Committee
$1,340 is spent on each marijuana
our Legislature may have wastes
$23.5 million in valuable crimin
sources in 1975 alone.
One half of those between the;
30 have tried marijuana at least1
pose the hardships of an arrest,
and often a prison term on other
ing young people?
. Arresting marijuana users offen

rs to

The Daily

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marjuana al rights - especially privacy, Enforcement re-
lies on entrapment, illegal searches, and other
s playing poli- means which violate civil liberties.
1 rights. Capi- The Legislature is- now considering (House
denial, and re- Bill 4603) decriminalizing the private use and
ay make good possession of marijuana.-Readers should demalid
on deterring their Representatives stop the waste of public
money and intrusions upon privacy.
reforms need- Howard L. Simon,
he LegislatureExecutive Director
hed Legislature ACLU of Michigan
id provide im-
riminal penal-
of marijuana! G C lauded
ivision and the As a meiplfer and supporter of Gay Com-
ts indicate that munity Services, Inc., of Ann Arbor, I want to
rijuana in 1975. express my heartfelt satisfacaion that the Board
estimated that of Directors of Local Motion voted to support
arrest. Hence, GCS with a $295 grant at its recent April dis-
d as much as bursement meeting.
al justice re- Local Motion has once again affirmed its poli-
- - cy of supporting worthy and socially oriented
ages of 18 and organizations in the Ann Arbor area. GCS, Inc.
once. Why im- in such an organization. I hope this action will
arrest record, promote and encourage greater future coopera-
wise law-abid- tion between local gays and the Ann Arbor com-
munity at large.
ds constitution- Steve Hill

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