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Friday, October 23, 1998
Houston, Texas
Volume 64, Issue 44

Richard Rodriguez on Race and Culture

About the Cougar

Students learn about safe sex, HIV

Abstinence is still the safest sex, says Planned Parenthood rep 

By Jake McKim
Entertainment Editor 

Look around your large lecture hall. More than likely, in an auditorium that seats 500, about five of your fellow students are HIV-positive.

That is because one in 90 Houstonians is HIV-positive, one of many sex-related facts presented at a workshop on the UH campus Tuesday.

Participants in the workshop, which was sponsored by the UH Women's Resource Center and the Houston office of Planned Parenthood, received everything from information on contraceptives to free condoms.

Regan Hunter of Planned Parenthood discussed various birth control methods and presented several facts and figures pertaining to sexually transmitted diseases, including the following:

  • It is possible to obtain HIV from performing oral sex.

  • When using diaphragms as birth control, they should be left in for eight hours following sexual intercourse.

  • Birth control pills must be taken at the same time each day for maximum effectiveness, and they also help fight several types of cancer, including cervical cancer.

Hunter also talked about Reality female condoms, contraceptive film and Depo Provera shots as options for preventing pregnancy.

Regan Larish-Hunter of Planned Parenthood addresses students at a "Healthy Sexuality" workshop Tuesday in Oberholtzer Hall.

Mason Rankin/The Daily Cougar

However, she said that abstinence is the only 100-percent guarantee in preventing pregnancy and disease.

Marc Cohen of the AIDS Foundation Houston, who has been HIV-positive since 1987, told the audience about his experiences dealing with the disease. At one point, he said he had to go to Mexico to obtain $800 worth of treatment drugs he never ended up using.

Cohen also talked about advances in AIDS treatment drugs.

"Outside of eight years ago there were no drug therapies," Cohen said. "With the introduction of new drug treatments, people living with the HIV virus are living longer and healthier lives."

For more information on safer sex, call Planned Parenthood at (713) 831-6500 or the AIDS Foundation Hotline at (713) 524-AIDS.

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