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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
Canadian Sex Guides Greeted with CAUtion
Wockner, Rex
October 20, 1988
Some American educators believe that Canadian "HIV transmission experts" went too far in revising safe-sex guidelines for community-based AIDS organizations. The educators are particularly concerned by guidelines listing oral sex with ejaculation as less than a "high risk" activity. The Canadian AIDS Society requested the revised guidelines becAUse existing guides were not uniform or were obsolete. Leslie Wagman of AIDS Vancouver defended the new guidelines, which list only intercourse without a condom and the sharing of unsterilized sex toys as high risk. According to Wagman, "Individuals whose most risking activity is giving blow jobs simply are not seroconverting." David Winters of the Gay Men's Health Crisis in New York agreed that oral sex is less of a risk than anal or vaginal sex, but called the changes "too liberal." Chuck Frutchey of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, however, said that controlling the epidemic requires controlling sex without condoms and needle sharing. He said, "They're correct in saying oral sex is probably a low-risk activity."