Address Presented to the Joint Session on AIDS of the California Legislature, Sacramento, California
Because Koop was the only prominent federal official to address the AIDS epidemic during the 1980s, it fell to him to educate
the American public, including state politicians, on the nature, transmission, and effects of the disease. In order to give
Americans the knowledge they needed to protect themselves from infection, Koop dispensed explicit sexual information--including
on the use of condoms--that often offended the sensibilities of religious and political conservatives, but that nevertheless
was instrumental in helping to slow the rate of new AIDS infections by the early 1990s.
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1987-03-05 (March 5, 1987)
Koop, C. Everett
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Health Services Accessibility
Disease Transmission, Infectious
AIDS, the Surgeon General, and the Politics of Public Health