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AIDS legends Continued from page 40 mission. Most of the successful needlestick transmission occurs when the needle is taken immedi- ately out of an untreated, advanced AIDS patient with high viral load and injected accidental- ly into a new host. The more blood exchanged, the higher the risk. So when you put it all together, if a needle is left out in the open, drying quickly kills most of the virus and remaining virus on the needle itself is of such low quan- tity that transmission in the myth- ical movie theater or phone booth would be impossible. Note that IV drug use is extremely high risk because a large amount of blood - meaning more than a drop -is in the needle when it is shared and injected. Also, hospital needle---stick injuries are relatively high risk compared to the mthical phone booth/theater setting, because nurses are handling large amounts of fresh blood. By the way, regarding the ques- tion of HIV transmission bY giv- ing a hickey - the answer is no. Remember, nothing is impossible and you could have the Brooklyn Bridge collapse when you walk across it, but when I start hedging on the answer to every question, I will run for political office. My own comment, however, is that there may be more entertaining activities one could do with a partner rather than sucking on your partner's skin until frank blood is exuded forth! So for now I suggest you wear condoms, don't shoot drugs, get your influenza vaccine, call your mother, and don't stop going to the movies or using pay phones! Editor's note: Dr. Scott Olewiler is an infectious disease specialist at Beebe Medical Center. For more information or to make an appointment, call 645- 3196. Sunshine Club provides support at SCAC The Sunshine Club is making a return to Sussex County AIDS Committee (SCAC) as a valued resource for the ]-IIV-positive community within Sussex Coun- ty. The Sunshine Club is a group of volunteers who provide emo- tional and practical support to people with AIDS and their fami- lies as they face the difficulties and challenges the disease brings. Volunteers make visits, offer sup- port, small handmade gifts and more to ease possible feelings of isolation or despair. For more information or,to vol- unteer, call 644-1094. SHARP Center offers flee HIV testing In addition to Sussex County" AIDS Committee providing free and anonymous testing from 4 to 6 p.m. every Thursday, SHARP Center offers free and anonymous testing by appointment five days a week. For more information, call Jeanne at 644-1094. save SAVE 2o-5o% MEN'S, LADLES' & CHILDREN'S SHOES FIRST QUALITY FOOTWEAR AT A DISCOUNT Featuring: Sebago * Docksides Keds Trotters Sperry Top-Sider * Tretorn New Balance * .Clarks of England Wigwam Rockport * Grasshoppers Best selection from over 15,000 pairs in stock. Men's sizes: N 9-14. M 6 1/2-15. W 6 1/2-14. WW 8-14. Women's s "izes: N 6-I0. M 5-I I. W 6-10. WW 6-I0. Children's 10-3 and Boy's sizes 3 I/2-6 -- LOCATIONS -- Route 1, Ames Plaza, Rehoboth Beach, DE 302-227-5828 Route 1 at West Virginia Ave. (4 streets north of MD line on ocean side) Fenwlck Island, DE 302-539-4599 save save  save save save save save save save save save save q CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 28 -Aug. 3, 2000 - 41 WAIX-IN 00TI-ICARE IN MBASBORO... FROM PEOPLE YOU &YOUR FAMILY CAN TRUST. Beebe Medical Center has opened a new Walk-In Health Center in Millsboro This new center offers a variety of services for the convenience of our residents and visitors including: Walk-in non-emergency care for the community--no appointment necessary s Expanded hours from 8 am to 8 pm, Man. through Fri., and from 8 am to 4 pm on Saturdays . A staff of qualified nurse practitioners . A follow-up report to your personal physician. Some Insurance plans may not pay for your visit. For more information about the Millsboro Walk-In Health Center, visit our website at or call us at 934-0459. 230 Mitchell Street, Millsboro (opposite the bowling alley) B Beebe Medical Center Millsboro Walk-In Health Center Millsboro, DE