Bravo to Ted Vollmer on his article, "Anti-AIDS Forces Fire at Supervisors," and bravo to Bruce Decker, co-chairperson of the AIDS Advisory Committee.
Vollmer's article brought me a mixture of emotions. I felt livid at the incredible ignorance and tunnel vision of elected officials such as Schabarum. However, I also felt excessively elated at Dr. Martin Roth's statement, that anyone who thinks that the purpose of the educational pamphlets, regarding drug use, was to promote drug use, "is a fool"!
Such blatant statements, both in the press and in educational material, should no longer be considered anything but absolutely necessary. The public needs to be aware, and if "explicit language and illustrations" are an effective way, or even provide a slight chance to educate the public, then I say good. Even if it means having our children learn about life a little earlier than we had hoped for--the worst it can do is save their life!
A friend of mine just recently found out that he "has been exposed" to the HTLV-III virus. Although there is no current reason to believe that he will actually come down with the disease, his future is now uncertain. Every little abnormality that happens to his body has now become a reason for fear--not only for him, but to us too, the people who love him.