Friday, January 23, 2015

* Unsafe Sex at Yale: Déjà vu all over again------------30 years later.

Move bar to 4 minutes 41 seconds to begin this 1984 "60 Minutes" video filmed at Yale about the first case of AIDS  in America known to be transmitted heterosexually (by a New Haven prostitute).

Thirty years later,  there are still problems with safe sex at Yale, according to this article in Yale Daily News today.

       After "60 Minutes" came to Yale  (1983/84) to film a segment on a New Haven prostitute who was the first woman in America known to have transmitted AIDS, I struggled to get Yale to distribute to graduate students the pamphlet (below) created by a Yale biology professor and myself describing unsafe sex using blunt street language terms. (see letters below to Yale president, A. Bartlett Giamatti).

  Finally, 84-year-old Isabel Wilder, (sister of noted Yale alum, author Thornton Wilder) agreed to pay for distribution of the pamphlet, an act not only of generosity but of courage at a time (1984) when AIDS was still taboo.
Isabel and Thornton Wilder.

Further documents related to this struggle at Yale can be found at

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