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25 years ago: AIDS education encouraged for younger children

November 7, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 7, 1986:

Surgeon General C. Everett Koop had recently called for "frank, open discussion" with children about AIDS, and many local health and school officials were in agreement with him. Kay Kent, administrator and health officer at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, said that the current Lawrence school curriculum required a junior-high health class that only offered some information on reproduction. "We're not starting very young," said Ms. Kent. "I really think we need to bring comprehensive health education into the schools for all children and start it at a very young age." The most recent report from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment showed 42 AIDS cases in the state, with no children being infected so far. All of the Kansans diagnosed with AIDS between 1982 and 1983 had died by this date; 11 of the 13 diagnosed in 1985 had died, and eight of the 25 diagnosed in the current year had died.

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