The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 28, 1992 - Page 3
Officials revise definition of AIDS to include more diseases
ATLANTA (AP) - Federal
health officials added three more
diseases to a proposed new defini-
tion of AIDS yesterday, bowing to
demands from activists who had ac-
cused the government of ignoring
symptoms peculiar to women.
The revised definition, expected
to be enacted next year, could affect
disability and other benefits for
thousands of people infected with
IIIV, the virus that eventually causes
The government considers an
AIDS diagnosis in calculating dis-
ability benefits, and a diagnosis is
needed to participate in drug trials or
qualify for low-cost AIDS drugs.
, The Centers for Disease Control
proposed adding pulmonary tubercu-
losis, recurrent pneumonia and in-
vasive cervical cancer to the list of
diseases that indicate AIDS has fully
developed in people infected with
HIV, the AIDS virus.
"We expect this expansion to re-
sult in more comprehensive monitor-
ing of the epidemic of HIV infection
and related disease in the United
States," Dr. James Curran, associate
director for AIDS, said in a letter
announcing the proposal.
The Atlanta-based agency will
take public comment on the proposal
until Nov. 16, but barring unusual
developments, the definition is ex-
pected to go into effect Jan. 1, said
spokesperson Ann Sims.
AIDS activists welcomed the
proposal, saying it would mean
AIDS diagnoses for thousands of
HIV-infected women and drug
'We expect this expansion to result in more
comprehensive monitoring of the epidemic of
HIV infection and related disease in the
- Dr. James Curran
associate director for AIDS, Center for Disease
community to have AIDS."
HIV-infected people are diag-
nosed with AIDS when they develop
any of 23 indicator diseases, includ-
ing Kaposi's sarcoma, a type of
cancer found mostly in men.
More than 1 million Americans
are thought to be infected with HIV.
More than 230,000 have developed
AIDS, and about 152,000 have died.
The CDC last year proposed re-
vising the definition of AIDS to in-
clude HIV-infected people whose
level of the body's master immune
cells, called CD4s, dips to 200 per
cubic millimeter, or one-fifth the
level of a healthy person.
That change would bring in
160,000 HIV-infected people who
are not yet seriously ill and are not
yet considered to have AIDS.
AIDS activists said that wasn't.
enough. At a hearing in Atlanta last
month, they demanded that the list.
of diseases also be expanded.
The CDC had opposed adding
TB, recurrent pneumonia and cervi- .
cal cancer to the definition because,
they occur fairly frequently in people
not infected with HIV.
CDC doctors argued that HIV pa-
tients with those diseases would be
included under the revised definition
because their CD4 cells would be
Yesterday the agency cited stud-.
ies presented by the activists that
show the diseases are more common
and worse in HIV-infected people as
the virus destroys their immune sys-
tems, and that CD4 levels aren't
"It's not enough but it's defi-
nitely a step in the right direction,"
said Tracy Cedar of the National
Association of People With AIDS.
She is infected with HIV and has
cervical cancer but hasn't been di-
agnosed with AIDS.
Now that the government accepts
cervical cancer as an AIDS sign, gy-
necologists must do the same, said
Tricia Grindel of AID Atlanta.
"I've heard horror stories of
women with persistent gynecological
problems who request an HIV test
and are refused," she said. "We just
need more awareness from gy-
necologists that a person doesn't
have to be gay or a white man or
from a poor African-American
by Abdalmajid Katranji
MSA votes to
put code, fee
YPSILANTI - Senator Tom
Harkin (D-Iowa) addressed mem-
bers of the United Auto Workers
(UAW) local 1776 from the soon-
to-be-shut-down GM Willow Run
assembly plant yesterday. Harkin's
appearance was part of a state
grassroots effort to get Bill Clinton
into the White House and U.S.
Representative Bill Ford re-elected.
"A recession is when my neigh-
bor loses his job, a depression is
when I lose my job, and recovery is
when George Bush loses his job,"
Although the crowd of about
100 people was made up mainly of
autoworkers, Harkin's message
covered a lot of ground. "Thirty-
seven million people without health
care - we could do better than that
in America. Millions of people
forced to take minimum wage jobs
- we could do better than that in
America," Harkin said. "Kids can-
not get a college education because
they can't afford it - we can do
better in this country."
Harkin portrayed a unified
'Democratic party ready to get to
xwork. His support of Ford and
Rebecca McGowan, Democratic
candidate for a seat on the U-M
Board of Regents, was clearly
"There isn't a better friend to the
working-class family than
Congressman Bill Ford," said
Harkin, "Becky McGowan, who's
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-lowa) greets auto workers from General Motors' Willow Run plant in Ypsilanti yesterday.
your candidate for regent, I want to
make sure you go out and support
"I'm in the fight to get Bill
Clinton and Al Gore into the White
House and turn this country around.
We need to get modifications on the
free-trade agreement. That is what
Bill Clinton said he's going to do
and we're going to hold him to it."
Harkin focused much of his
speech on attacks toward Bush and
"We got this Perot fellow from
Texas, taking about this giant suck-
ing sound of jobs, but in the Flint
newspaper it talks about his
Mercedes, Jaguar, and other foreign
cars. I think that giant sucking
sound is his hot air and rhetoric
coming out," Harkin said.
Among all the usual political
rhetoric that is entwined with politi-
cal campaigns, Harkin did have
something important to say to U-M
"I had a lot of support from the
U-M when I was running for the
presidency. What I want to tell
them this election is about you and
your future. Are you going to have
a future about low wage, low
growth kind of society? Or do you
want a future of high wages, high
growth and new technology and
leadership in the world? I leave it
up to college students to make the
decision for themselves."
When asked about the decline in
college educations due to the cur-
rent political atmosphere, Harkin
said, "Yes, I think so. A lot of
young people think 'Well why
should I go to college, I can't get a
decent job. What kind of future is
"How are they going to pay
back the cost? It costs too darn
much to go to school. Bill Clinton's
program to have everyone go to
college and then pay it back
through wages in the future or
services to this country is the way
to go," Harkin said.
"We can't change everything in
a year, but we can't take the steps
to move ahead. We can take the
steps from year one to effect
changes in year two. Keep in mind
we have to operate under George
Bush's plan until October 1993."
by Robin Litwin
Daily MSA reporter
The Michigan Student Assembly
voted to put questions regarding the
proposed Statement of Student
Rights and Responsibilities before
the student body during last night's
The questions are aimed at find-
ing out students' opinions concern-
ing the current draft of the code at
the time of the election as well as
their views on implementing a code
without a student vote. The ques-
tions will be put before students
when they vote in next month's
Student Rights Commission
Chair Rob Van Houweling stressed
the importance of student
involvement on this issue.
"They are trying to pass this
without our approval. The point of
this is so students can have a say,"
Van Houweling said.
"These questions are designed to
show students strongly support their
right to approve and disapprove any
rule intended to regulate their con-
duct as well as to allow students to
pass judgement on this specific set
of rules," Van Houweling added.
"Any measure put in place without a
student vote would be clearly
Engineering Rep. Brian Kight
"Our Constitution basically says
that students have a right to only be
governed by rules that they or their
representatives can vote on or
change. We think it's a matter of
student rights that this go on the
ballot," Kight said.
However, Rackham Rep. Colin
Leach expressed a concern that some
students may be voting on issues that
they know nothing about.
"I want to hear more about how
we're going to educate people so
they're not voting on something that
they don't understand," Leach said.
The assembly will discuss a reso-
lution next week that if passed will
allow the assembly to "actively edu-
cate the student body with regard to
the Statement before the MSA
In addition to questions concern-
ing the code, the assembly also
passed a resolution to include a
question on the ballot regarding
funding of the Michigan Collegiate
The MCC is a state-wide organi-
zation of student governments that
lobbies the state legislature in
Lansing on tuition, financial aid, and
other issues of student concern.
The question on the ballot will
ask if students are willing to pay 35
cents more in the MSA fee that will
be allocated directly toward MSA's
membership in MCC.
Until this year, MCC was funded
by a separate levy on the tuition bill,
administered by the U-M Board of
Regents. However, MSA counsel
Roger DeRoo said if it is paid
through MSA, students will have
more control over their participation
More than 1,000 people attended Monday's Diag rally for U.S. Rep. William Ford. This was incorrectly reported in y
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