Magic's lead

January 20, 1992|By New York Times

THE FIGHT to slow the spread of AIDS can't gain momentum until the [Bush] administration revises the way it approaches the epidemic. The problem is s-e-x. The administration seems afraid of the word. That's a dangerous and naive posture. But frank discussion of sexual conduct and abstinence need not exclude one another. [Magic] Johnson showed as much when he visited Cardozo Senior High School in Washington the day before he went to the White House. He stressed that abstinence was the only guaranteed way to avoid sexual transmission of the AIDS virus. Having said that, he warned those who wouldn't abstain that condoms were the best way to protect themselves and their partners.

Johnson was an exceptional floor leader for the Los Angeles Lakers. The administration would do well to follow his lead in the AIDS arena.

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