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Medical Dept, ARMIT provide AIDS education

We were thrilled to learn that the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs is addressing the issue of AIDS in our community ["Med Dept to give condoms," Nov. 13].

However, we want to clarify the article which appeared in The Tech ["Med Dept to give condoms," Nov. 13] which incorrectly claimed that condom distribution in residences was the idea of Mark A. Goldstein, and that the MIT Medical Department is funding and organizing this program.

ODSA is organizing the distribution of condoms on campus. When ODSA announced its plans to distribute condoms, concern was raised by the Medical Department that such distribution should be accompanied by AIDS education programs in living groups.

We want to point out that there are two education programs available for groups desiring free condoms. The Medical Department has coordinated a program which includes the viewing of a video on AIDS in the workplace followed by a question-and-answer session moderated by a member of the Medical Department staff.

Another option for groups is a student-led presentation by AIDS Response at MIT. For the past year and a half we have been giving our presentation to groups who desire frank discussion about safer sex.

Our presentation includes condom demonstrations, candid skits about discussing safer sex in relationships, and an outline of the relative risks of different sexual acts. Students talking to students about the fears, facts and confusions associated with AIDS is what our program is all about.

We urge all groups to participate in this program. Groups desiring to host either a Medical Department or ARMIT presentation in order to be eligible for free condoms should contact Associate Dean for Student Affairs James R. Tewhey and request the presentation they feel will best suit their needs.

Hilary Coller G->

Amita Gupta '91->

Imtiyaz Hussein '91->

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