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CDC's AIDS survey is wake-up call for businesses CDC nationalsurvey finds both good news and challenges ahead The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a national survey of AIDS policies and education programs in the workplace during a presentation at the XI International Conference on AIDS held in July. The survey revealed that nearly half of American worksites have imple- mented HIV/AIDS workplace policies and one in six worksites offered their employees education programs that address HIV and AIDS. "The results are good news and a challenge to do better," said Dr. Helene Gayle, M.P.H., director of the CDC's National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention. "Although many businesses are establishing AIDS policies, the survey shows that there are employers who have not yet implemented AIDS education programs." The survey included more than 2,200 businesses from across the country; according to the survey, 43 percent of the worksites with more than 50 employees reported that they have a policy regarding an employee with a disability or life-threatening illness, including HIV/AIDS. The survey also found that corporate philanthropy - fundraising and v01unteerism - was the most common way large and small businesses were involved with HIV/AIDS. Nearly all worksites offered group health insurance, although 5 percem lim- ited or excluded HIV from at least one of the policies offered to employees. Sixteen percent of firms provid- ed employees education, repre- senting more than 30,000 busi- nesses committing to HIV educa- tion programs. Of these, nearly all indicated that the program included a lecture, seminar or dis- cussion group. Almost three- fourths said those programs were mandatory for at least some man- agers, supervisors and employees. "The survey gives us important information about HIV education and policies in the American workplace," said Cynthia Jorgensen, Ph.D., CDC's princi- pal researcher for the survey. "Never before has anyone taken a snapshot of AIDS workplace pro- grams. The information from the survey will be vital in tracking the progress of their adoption and implementation." One of the objectives of the sur- vey was to determine the adoption of the CDC-sponsored Business Responds to AIDS (BRTA) work- place program, developed in 1992, which contains five core elements. The survey found that 41 percent of large firms have adopted at least two of the HIV/AIDS workplace program elements recommended by CDC. The BRTA is a public-private partnership of the CDC, the public health sector, business and labor, designed to prevent the spread of HIV through a comprehensive workplace education program. The CDC, through this partner- ship, helps businesses across the country design policies and implement education programs for employees, their families and the community. The BRTA program recom- mends businesses establish com- prehensive HIV and AIDS pre- vention programs composed of the following five components: Develop an HIV/AIDS policy Train supervisors in the policy Provide HIV/AIDS education for employees Offer HIV/AIDS education for employees' families Continued on page 32 BOARD CERTIFIED FAMILY PHYSICIAN Steven H. Berkowitz, D.O. An Independent, Private Practitioner. Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily * Accepting patients ages 2 and up. Participating with most insurance companies. Long Neck Professional Center, Suite B Long Neck Road, Millsboro, Delaware By Appointment Only "302-945-7200 I Cancersupportgroup meets Dec. 30 at Kent The We Can Cope cancer sup- port group will hold its monthly meeting from 7 tO 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19; at Bayhealth Medical Center-Kent General Hospital, in the Outpatient Services Center, General Foods Conference Center, Dover. We Fitness Tip of the Week DURATION VS. INTENSITY Exercise duration is more impor- tant than intensity. Thirty minutes of moderate exercise most days is the standard recommendation for general health. Submitted by Robert Cairo, licensed physical therapitst at Tidewater Physical Therapy. For information, call 945-5111. The American Heart Association is offering free blood pressure screenings in January. Screenings are as follows: Saturday, Jan. 2 Lewes Senior Center, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. I Wednesday, Jan. 13 Rehoboth Pharmacy, 1-4 p.m. NOTE: Edgehill pharmacies will not conduct screenings in January. By appointment only Milford Public Health Unit, Monday- Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 422-1327. Can Cope is for cancer patients, their families and friends. Meetings are open to anyone interested in cancer and its man- agement. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 302-674-7135. One Day at a Time to meet Jan. 4 One Day at a Time, a mutual support group for people with life- threatening illnesses, their fami- lies and other interested people, will meet at 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 4, at Beebe Medical Center. For more information, call 645-3770. Bosom Buddies meets Jan. 19 at Beebe Beebe Medical Center sponsors Bosom Buddies at 3 p.m., every third Tuesday. The next meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 19, in the Tunnell Cancer Center conference room. The support group is for women living with breast cancer, whether they are newly diag- nosed, are currently undergoing treatment or are long-time sur- vivors. Call 645-3770 for more infor- mation. PLActive needs 'buddy' volunteers Bue to an increase in referrals, PLActive is in need of Buddy Services volunteers, especially men in their 30s and 40s. For more information, call the confidential voice mail number, 644-4791. EDGEHILL PHARMACY Peddlers Village Love Creek 945-7500. :: i! i! ii ii [ Statistics prove that the bathroom in any home, even for a normaUy healthy family, is the most danger- ous room in the house. If you or a loved one are convalescing at home, you may be unsteady or weok. Why take the chance of a slip or fall? A complete line of bath, shower and toilet safety aids is available according to the patient's needs at Edge Care TM. m COME IN FOR MORE INFORMATION OR A FREE CATALOG.