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Letter to the Editor: Risk extends to drug users, heterosexuals

Friday, July 12, 2002

To the editor:

I read the July 9 article about the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center's advice regarding HIV/AIDS. I just wanted to make a few comments. Men who have sex with men have always been the No. 1 risk group for contracting the virus. The second group most at risk are injection drug users. I wonder if health department workers educate the public about the risks of sharing syringes. HIV and hepatitis C are very effectively transmitted this way. The public should know that heterosexuals do get HIV/AIDS. I hope you can do other articles explaining all risks to the public. Then you will have a good public health story.

TERRIE HOUSE

AIDS Prevention/Risk Reduction

The WORKS

Boulder, Colo.