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The Michigan Daily, Thursday, September 10, 1987- ige 20
'U' TO HOLD SAFE SEX DAY
Organizers to advise caution

By ALAN PAULt
In response to common miscon-
ceptions and ignorance about AIDS,
the University Health Service will
run several programs next fall
designed to educate students about;
the deadly disease.
Health Service Director Caeser1
Briefer, who has held the position
for six years, has reported a growing
student interest in sexuallyt
transmitted diseases, particularly
AIDS.
"There's certainly been an interest
among students, first in herpes, then
concern about chlamidia," Briefer
said. Chlamidia causes genital pain.
and itching - antibodies are used to
cure it.
"B OTH of these are legitimate
concerns but neither kill and now
we're dealing with something that
kills," he added.
But even though students are
more concerned about the disease,
Briefer said, "Students are not taking
(AIDS) seriously enough. While
there's a reasonable consciousness
level about AIDS, most students
have not translated this into personal
terms and realized that they can be at
risk if they engage in sex with more
than one partner."
He added that "when the, disease
was first publicized a lot of attention
was given to certain high risk
segments of the population and a lot
of students as well as others felt that

if they weren't in those groups, they
didn't have anything to worry
about," Briefer continued. "Well,
that's no longer so true."
As part of its educational drive,
Health Service is sponsoring a Safer
Sex Awareness Day on
SEPTEMBER 22. Polly
Paulson, AIDS Education
Coordinator, said undergraduate
students are the primary target for
the event.

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AIDS can enter the heterose
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enough. positive.
"SOME are the 'worried-well,"' Since the testing program's
Paulson said. "They have more inception in early April, three out of
stress than necessary. Others engage 300 students have tested positive for
in high risk behaviors: sharing the virus, a percentage consistent
needles or, more commonly, having with the national average.
unprotected sexual intercourse, "A positive result means that
vaginal or anal. When I say they have the virus. It's a test for the
unprotected, I do not mean from antibody that the body produces in
pregnancy but from venereal the presence of the virus," Paulson
diseases. We recommend using said.
condoms and spermicidal foam." . "Within five years, 25-30 percent
(of virus-carriers) get the disease.
After five years, the number swells
3come out indicating that to over 50 percent. Another 50
mual outi now is the percent get ARC (AIDS Related
xua population,nComplex) within the first five years
:)n out and make it readily and of this group, 30 to 40 percent
develop AIDS after five years."
ARC indicates the presence of
AIDS education coordinator the AIDS virus. However, according
to Dr. David Kann of the Hershey
Health Service also provides free Medical Center, it has not yet taken
anonymous and confidential AIDS control of the system. AIDS is
antibody testing and disease-related defined by the presence of illnesses
counseling for all registered students. unique to victims of immune system
The counseling follows the protocol diseases.
established by the Michigan "Eventually all but 5 to 15
Department of Public Health. percent of the people who test
There is both pre and post test positive will have some form of the
counseling with the emphasis on the disease," Paulson said.
former. About a half an hour is She added that the number of all
spent in pre-test counseling in AIDS cases transmitted
which the counselor assesses why heterosexually has grown from one
the person might beat risk and how to four percent in recent years. While
they can become safer. Time is also this is a small percentage, Paulson
spent discussing how the, erson said it represents a serious increase.

"As more and more studies come
out indicating that AIDS can enter
the heterosexual population, now is
the time to bring the information
out and make it readily available to
the student body," Paulson said.
Safer Sex Awareness Day will
include a workshop, lecture series,
films, and the distribution of
condoms and dental dams, which are
considered the best protection
available for sexually active people.
Paulson has found that most
students fall into one of two
categories - those overstressed by
the disease or those not concerned

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By GRACE HILL
Minority leaders are upset that
racism workshops were not a part of
this year's orientation schedule,
despite the University's original plan
to include them.
"There just wasn't time," said
Anne Hoogh, academic advisor for
orientation students. "Its too difficult
to cover this subject *well in such a
short time," she said. "It's better to
have no workshop than an inef-
fective one," she said.
"The way I understand it," said
one orientation coordinator, "It was
too late in the year, so they're
working on something for next
year," he said.
DON Perigo, the director of stu-
dent services, thinks the racism
workshops are not the best way to
inform new students about racism.
"We are interested in informing new
students; we are concerned and are
trying to address it, but we're also
interested in the greatest impact and
how best to achieve that." He said
the issue would be dealt with more
effectively in the dormitories during
the fall, when people are not
distracted by "the thought of the trip
they'll be taking to Europe in two
weeks."'
Perigo added that workshops
provide new students with "a one
shot kind of deal. We're concerned
about a broadersand deeper com-
mitment to the issue."
Lannis Hall, member of the
United Coalition Against Racism
(UCAR), said the University does
not want to scare people away by
dealing with serious topics. "The
University wants to make people
feel comfortable during the orien-
tation period, but racism is an issue
that must be discussed in a forceful
way - (the University Admin-
istrators) feel the issue is not worth
putting such force in," she said.
ORIENTATION leaders, how-
ever, attended racism workshops in
an effort to learn about racism and
cultural diversion. This prepared the
leaders to "individually address the

See AWARENESS, Page 21
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issue' throughout the orientation
period.'4
The subject of how to include
racism in the three-day program was
left "up to each individual leader," A
said orientation leader, Ron Kirsch.
"How and when (the orientation
leaders) integrated (racism) was up to
them; they accessed the needs of the
group," said Pam Horne, assistant"
director of student information"'
services.
According to Kirsch, some leaders
brought up the issue on the walking.
tour past the anti-Apartheid shanties.
Other leaders chose to deal with the'
issue during the student life
discussions, a time where students
and orientation leaders can talk on a
one to one basis.
OTHER orientation leaders,,
however, said some seldom deal with,
the issue or at least avoid dealing"
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adding that many leaders may feel
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