U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop sounds almost like a broken record lately but his message is of such life-and-death importance that we repeat it here too.
First, no cure to AIDS is likely to be developed before the end of the century. Second, while AIDS is fatal and has no cure, it is best prevented by sexual abstinence or monogamy.In other words, the U.S. Surgeon General has determined that loose morals may be hazardous to your health. They may in fact be lethal even if they are portrayed as normal in such media as soap operas and romance novels. Remember that AIDS, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome, cripples the body's defenses against infections and certain cancers and is fatal.
Although Koop's rhetoric about AIDS in recent months has made him sound much like a preacher calling for a return to traditional family values, he is the nation's top health official and is merely concerned about the medical benefits of such a lifestyle.
Still, just as most preachers, he has been stressing that young people should be taught the benefits of sexual abstinence, saying, "People get AIDS by doing things that most people do not do and most people don't approve of."
Further advise to the young has included, "Find someone you can love and respect and stay with that person."
While it sure that the nation must continue its search for a cure for AIDS, which is projected to afflict 250,000 people by 1990, the nation cannot afford to overlook Koop's simple advise either.
Maybe his advise is too simple much like the Old Testament story of the followers of Moses who were bitten by serpents. They were told that if they would look up at a brazen serpent raised on a staff by Moses that they would live. But many refused the simple advise and died. Hopefully, the human race has learned something in the past 3,000 years.