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"Prepared Statement Presented before the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee" [Reminiscence] pdf (111,472 Bytes) transcript of pdf
"Prepared Statement Presented before the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee" [Reminiscence]
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Koop, C. Everett
Reproduced with permission of C. Everett Koop.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Disease Transmission, Infectious
Health Education
Interpersonal Relations
Exhibit Category:
AIDS, the Surgeon General, and the Politics of Public Health
Metadata Record Prepared Statement Presented before the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee (January 15, 1987) pdf (492,337 Bytes) ocr (10,068 Bytes)
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Folder: Testimony- Kennedy Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee Hearing- AIDS, Washington, DC, 1987 Jan 15
AIDS Lecture January 15, 1987
Prepared Statement by C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD
Surgeon General
U.S. Public Health Service
And Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Presented Before the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee
Washington, DC
January 15, 1987
It has been just short of three months since I had a press conference announcing the release of the Surgeon General's Report on Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome and the release of a public service announcement for use on television advertising its availability. As the user of this archive will note, the lectures will now follow in rapid succession after the previous one in an effort of the Surgeon General to reach as many people through as many available venues as was possible.
This was the second public address I made, and the first to Congress in what I call the enlightened era of AIDS, which was post-first administration Reagan. Every word in this report is essential and therefore, I will not attempt to summarize it. It does provide a very necessary background for all that is to follow.
My remarks cover not only the brief history of how I came to write the report, but also covered, to some extent, the groups that I had met with in consultation. In my prepared remarks, which I left behind for use by the press and the committee, there was a list of the 27 groups in question. I also took this occasion to quote some of the extraordinary responses to the report itself, by Mrs. Ann Kahn, the President of the National PTA; President Mary Hatwood Futrell of the National Education Association; and Lew Barker, Senior Vice President of the American Red Cross. I mentioned testimonies from the religious front: Larry Braidfoot and his colleagues from the Christian life Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and Rabbi Henry D. Michelman, writing after a joint consultation with the Synagogue Council of America.
I took full responsibility of the actual writing of the report, told of presenting it to the health group of the Cabinet Council and eventually to the White House Domestic Council.
I offered three hi-lights. First, the risk of infection increases with increased number of sexual partners - male or female. Second, the best protection against infection right now, barring abstinence, is the use of a condom. And third, we need to get the facts about this disease to every adult and every adolescent in America.
To impress the Senatorial Committee, I noted that the report had been published in full in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Los Angeles Times, and that the report had either been copied, or is being circulated as is, in many countries on five continents using as best examples the governments of France and Australia and the use of the report as a template by the United Kingdom.
(Because of every word in this hearing is so important there is no index.)
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