|Friday, October 23, 1998||
Volume 64, Issue 44
Richard Rodriguez on Race and Culture
|Students learn about
safe sex, HIV
Abstinence is still the safest sex, says Planned Parenthood rep
By Jake McKim
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:
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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