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W [L rL H g g5 Margaret Flzer Six to eight million people worldwide are infected with the human immu- nodeficiency virus (H/V). A tittle more than one million of those are in the U.S. From July 1989 to July of 1990, 117 people were diagnosed with AIDS in Arkansas. This is a rate of 4.8 people per 100,000 population (national average - 15.7 per 100,000). AlthOugh Arkansas is well below the national average of AIDS cases reported, you or someone you know will proba- bly have this disease touch them, their family or friends within the next five to ten years. In the year 2000, it is estimated by the World Health Organization that 15 to 20 million people around the globe will be HIV infected. AIDS FACTS Cause: HIV is the virus that attacks the immune system and causes the disease AIDS. You can be HIV infected but without symptoms for years. Symptonm: Fever or diarrhea, swollen glands that will not return to normal size and weight loss for no known reason. Spread: In May, 1990, national statistics noted 90 percent of adult AIDS cases were contracted by sexual contact or sharing needles. Receiving blood/blood products, hemophiliacs and "risk unknown" account for the remaining percent- age. About 83 percent of the small number of children with AIDS got it as newborns from their infected mothers. The remainder are recipients of blood/blood prod- ucts, hemophiliacs or "risk unknown." Note: After 1985, blood to be transfused has been routinely tested for AIDS and is considered safe. AIDS is not spread by shaking hands, hugging, coughing, sneezing, kissing or from swimming pools, food, animals, insects or toilets. Testing: Tests are available at the Department of Health for a minimal charge. Treatment: There is no cure or immunization. Treatments do slow growth or activity of HIV, maintain and restore the immune system and treat AiDS-related infections and diseases. Deaths: HIV makes the body unable to fight infections and diseases. These infections and diseases can cause death. : : : Prevention: Educating the public, promoting abstinence, encouraging fidelity in marriage, avoiding risky sexual behavior as well as sharing of drug needles and syringes. Educating youth: The organizations listed below have printed material and videos parents can review and discuss with their children. The Red Cross sponsors the DATE (Destroy AIDS through Education) Program in which teens educate other teens about AIDS. For More Information: American Red Cross PO Box 5654 Little Rock, 72215 Patty Jones 666-0351 Arkansas AIDS National AIDS Information Foundation Clearinghouse PO Box 250007 PO Box 6003 Little Rock, 72225Rockville, MD 20850 663-7833 1-800-458-5231 Copydght 1990 Fizer & Associates PAGE 10 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC SEPZEMBER 1 6, 1990 [ P~ evidence warrants it, to seek approprr [ " ate treatment for the offender and to [ extend pastoral help to the victims 0(I cover-up/denial in such a tragedy and the the victir~" [" family." By Ft. Jim Schratz Little Rock - Two syndicated Geraldo shows during the past week focused on Catholic Church "scandals and the vow of celibacy in modern times." Promo- tional materials for the two programs alleged "cover-up and denial by the Catholic Church," and that "there has been no further investigation by the Church to address this immediate problem." The discussions included the cases of former Atlanta archbishop Eugene Marino, Rev. Bruce Ritter, formerly of Covenant House, and the highly publi- cized incidences of pedophilia in New- foundland. "The most serious charge, it seems to me," said Rev. Ken Doyle of the U.S. Catholic Conference Office'for Media Relations, "is that there is a 'cover-up and denial by the Catholic Church' regarding the problem of priests and pedophilia." He noted that similar charges were raised last year and that the USCC of- rice had issued a Statement on ChildAbuse in response to the allegations. The statement indicates the seriousness with which the Church views the problem of child abuse and the steps it is taking to address it. "The problem of priests and child abuse is a serious one, but not a very common one," the statement begins. "Seen in proportion, it is in fact quite uncommon. Several such cases have been reported widely by the media in recent years, but these accounts need to be seen in comparison to the 53,000 priests in the U.S. The vast, vast major- ity of priests are living exemplary lives in service to God and their people, in fidelity to their commitments." "Even a single case is one too many," the statement says. Adding that even the "rumor of such an occurrence," calls for a bishop to "investigate immediately, to remove a priest rapidly where the Doyle also said that the bishops of the U.S. addressed this in their 1tl 1988 USCC Pedophilia Statement. The statement points out that "the bishops took up the problemf pedophilia at a plenary session in H Collegeville, MN, some three years ago, ,,, [1985]. Since that time the USCC has taken strong and positive steps to ede': care, advise and guide. "Because medical evidence sh0Wi that most offenders were themselves victims of abuse as children," the state ment says, "the conference's efforts l Ve been and will continue to be directed towards assisting those involved to bre that o/de here and now, through p~l'i [ tire programs of prevention and edO"i ::::::::::::::::::::::::: are successfully being conducted." cluded are the education of diocese, personnel involved with children on the prevention of child abuse; development of diocesan personnel policies guidelines governing the reporting 0[ instances of abuse along with diocese's response to specific c0 '? plaints, including suspension froth: employment and from active ministrY whenever appropriate; sensitive aware': ness to the pastoral implications for the:' accused and the victim; and com it ment of the diocese to heal the victiwsf] and their families, rehabilitate the of',l fender and reconcile all involved in the ministry of the church. Locally, Bishop AndrewJ. McDonald and the Priests' Senate drafted an "ad ministrative procedure" to be followed in situations involving pedonhilia in the Diocese of Little Rock. The Feb. 1988 document follows closely the record" mendations of the USCC. il ARKANSAS (~I CATHOLIC AAA Emergency Service Visa & MasterCard accepted Blk IIILL GARAGE 8t 851-1575 10505 Conway Hwy,. NLR Dan's Shoe Shop 2903 Kavanaugh Little Rock 666-9731 Visa & MC Ray & C/arem:e "/'ro//let, Me,moera of t~oly 5ouls