Page 6 -The Michigan Daily-Friday, January 8, 1988
Ad campaign on AIDS launched
SOUTHFIELD (AP) - State
officials launched a $1 million blunt
advertising campaign yesterday
aimed at clearing up misinformation
and preventing the spread of the fatal
"Don't make AIDS uglier by
spreading fear," the narrator of a
television ad says. "Learn the facts,
and spread those instead."
"This is a campaign that is on the
cutting edge of being powerful... and
yet will be, with a few small excep-
tions from people who always object
to things, information we need to
have," said Jean Chabut, chief of the
center for health promotion for the
state Department of Health.
The ads- eight for television, 12
for radio and four for print- have
been distributed statewide. Most
stations are running the ads free as
public service announcements, said
Marcie Brogan, president of Brogan
Kabot Advertising Consultancy of
The print ads urge against getting
"stuck" with AIDS by using dirty
needles and urge parents to tell their
children to include AIDS when
telling their children about sex.
The television spots are 10 sec-
onds to 30 seconds long. "We want
to be explicit and we want to be
clear," Brogan said, "because w e
want to correct misinformation."
She said the ads also were kept short
to enable stations to fit them better
into their schedules and better hold
the viewers' attention.
Although homosexuals and bi-
sexuals make up the greatest number
of cases in Michigan of aquired im-
mune deficiency syndrome, the cam-
paign largely targets drug abusers
"The homosexual-bisexual com-
munity; is really much better in-
formed about AIDS" than teens and
abusers, Chabut said.
"Teenagers have both misconcep-
tions and lack of information... at a
time when they feel invulnerable,"
Chabut said. "They think, 'Nothing
is going to happen to me,"' as they
decide whether to have sex or use
drugs for the first time.
Male homosexuals or bisexuals
made up to 61 percent of Michigan's
AIDS cases reported since 1981, ac-
cording to health department statis-
tics, and drug abusers made up 19
percent of the total. But since Jan-
uary 1987, the statistics showed 25
percent of the state's AIDS cases
have involved drug users.
The state has recorded 518 cases
of AIDS since 1981, and 308 of
those people have died. In 1987, 224
cases were reported, the statistics
Two ads feature a Michigan vic-
tim of AIDS. The victim, who Bro-
gan said was located throughout the
health department, urges use of con-
doms and not sharing needles in one
ad. Another ad is designed to how
AIDS cannot be transmitted through
casual touch or nearness.
Holidays weren't a 'bust'
By The Associated Press
The final verdict on the Christ-
mas shopping season came in yes-
terday: By and large, the nation's bit
retailers did better than expected,
with sales up 6 percent overall,
though some stores did not do as
well as last year.
"On balance, Christmas was OK
- not great, but certainly great vs.
the doomsday forecasts" that fol-
lowed the Oct. 19 stock market
crash, Fred Wintzer, a retail industry
analyst with the investment firm
Alex, Brown & Sons Inc. in Balti-
more, said yesterday after he re-
viewed the retailers' December sales
"It turned out to be a satisfactory
season, certainly not a strong one,
but far, far from a bust," agreed
Monroe Greenstein, an analyst with
Bear Stearns & Co. Inc.
Greenstein estimated overall sales
were up more than 6 percent from
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