Aids Prevention Grows Up
The feds' new AIDS education ads, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control, have grown up - finally. The old ad featuring a man pulling on his sock, exemplifying the oblique approach to AIDS prevention taken by the Reagan administration, has given way to amusing ads with condoms. The ads promoting condom use are part of a campaign that also includes messages urging abstinence.
Predictably, though, the condom ads have been attacked by both ends of the political spectrum.
The National Conference of Catholic Bishops called the campaign "irresponsible" for insinuating that using condoms is enough to stop AIDS.
HIV is indeed contracted in other ways, most notably by sharing needles. But sexual transmission is a major means of infection. As the CDC's Dr. David Satcher noted, condoms do block the sexual transmission of AIDS: "This initiative is based on irrefutable scientific evidence that latex condoms are highly effective at preventing the spread of HIV - when they are used consistently and correctly. …