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Vol.4, No. 1
The Difference Beem ife and Deah
Catherine McAuley Health
Center is co-sponsoring CPR Days,
free three-hour cardiopulmonary
resuscitation (CPR) training pro- .
grams Saturday and Sunday Feb.
15-16. The programs begin at 9 a.m.
and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m.
Sunday. After completing one of the
three sessions, you will receive your
Red Cross CPR certification.
All sessions will be at the St.
Joseph Mercy Hospital Education
Center on the Huron River Drive
campus of Catherine McAuley
Health Center. Pre-registration is
required by calling the Red Cross
Free Ann Arbor Transit Authori-
ty (AATA) bus transportation will be
provided (your fare will be reim-
bursed at the program).
Child care will also be offered
free of charge for children ages two
through 10 at the 1:30 p.m. sessions
Saturday and Sunday. There is a
75-child limit for each session, so
early pre-registration is advised.
Ru. For Your Life-A
Catherine McAuley Health
Center is sponsoring its second
annual McAuley Spring Tune-Up
and Health Fair on Saturday, May 17.
This 8K (5 mile) race, which starts
and finishes at the Reichert Health
Building on the Health Center's
Huron River Drive campus, is a
good warm-up for the Dexter-Ann
Arbor Run the following week.
Last year more than 1,000 peo-
ple participated in the race and the
Health Fair. There will also be a
1-mile walk for those who crave the
exercise but not the competition.
Look for an application in the
spring issue of Capsules in April
and start tuning-up for the
For more information on the
Run and Health Fair, please call the
Community Relations Department
The hysteria over
AIDS - which escalated
with the death of Rock
fied, say physicians at
David Katz, MD, an
internist specializing in
infectious diseases at St. :
Joseph Mercy Hospital,
says that much of the ,
hysteria about acquired
immune deficiency syn-
drome (AIDS) stems from
the uncertainty surround-
ing the disease and the r
fact that, at this time, it
"Everybody is afraid1
because it is 100 percent
fatal," Dr. Katz says.
"The average, general
population doesn't have to be afraid of AIDS. If you're
not in one of the high-risk groups and you don't have
intimate contact with someone in one of those groups,
then the chances are negligible that you'll get it."
AIDS is a disease caused by a virus that weakens
the immune system leaving it unable to fight infection.
The disease, which is believed to have originated in
Africa, was first diagnosed in the United States in 1981
at UCLA Medical Center near los Angeles. Since then,
some 14,000 AIDS victims have been diagnosed, about
half of whom have died.
Who Gets AIDS and How Do They Get It?
AIDS is transmitted by sexual contact, by sharing
an infected hypodermic needle, from infected mother
to newborn infant or, less often, through blood or
blood products. There is no evidence that AIDS is
transmitted through casual contact or through the air.
"There must be some sort of intimate contact be-
fore you can get AIDS," says Dr. Katz. "This means
sexual contact with someone who has the disease or
direct contact through open wounds or mucous
While there are ex-
ceptions to the rule, the
majority (about 92 per-
cent) of AIDS victims fall
r into three categories:
homosexual and bisexual
men (73 percent), intra-
venous drug abusers (17
percent) and hemophil-
iacs (1.85 percent). Since
the blood test for the
AIDS antibody (HTLV-III)
was developed last
March, the number of
people who get AIDS
through hblood trans-
1AR It fusions should eventually
drop to zero because it
7r -will stop the spread of
according to Pathologist
Jerry Gray, MD, head of
St. Joseph Mercy Hospi-
tal's blood bank. Studies have shown the antibody test
is accurate in determining whether or not blood is con-
taminated with AIDS, he says.
Dr. Gray says of the 101 known AIDS victims in
Michigan, there have been two hemophiliacs who have
gotten AIDS and two additional people who fit the
description of AIDS victims through a blood trans-
fusion. These people fell victim to the disease prior
to the development of the blood test, however.
Nationwide, less than two percent of AIDS cases
are transfusion related.
"I don't expect any cases of transfusion-related
AIDS after March 1985," Dr. Gray says, referring to
when the blood test was developed. "Eventually, be-
cause of this test, hemophiliacs will no longer be con-
sidered one of the high-risk groups."
According to Dr. Gray, more than 18,000 units of
blood were given to some 10,000 patients at St. Joseph
Mercy Hospital in 1984. There have been no cases of
AIDS at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital as a result of a
transfusion, Dr. Gray says.
Dr. Katz also stresses that patients admitted with-
out AIDS to a hospital, should not worry about leaving
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Sponsored by the
Religious Sisters of Mercy
by Catherine McAuley
5301 East Huron River Drive
P.O. Box 992
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106
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