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The Press. (Cortland, N.Y.) 1972-1990, November 03, 1989, Image 5

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• STD's ... those horrible words By Randi Stracher Staf!Writer Perhaps the worst thing you could be told is that you have a sexually transmitted disease ( STD). Sex is a topic many people remain hush about and the word disease is enough to make one ill. But, not knowing about STD' s, can make the words a living nightmare as well as some hefty health problems to over- come. We seem to needlessly worry about AID's. Granted, it's an epi- demic, millions of people have it or will acquire it, and there is no cure. Yet, even though we are living in the age of sexually promiscuity, statis- tics show that only one out of 500 students carry the human. immu- nodeficiency virus (lllV). That' sless than one percent carrier rate on col- lege campuses nationwide. As for SUNY Cortland, Dr. Nancy Sternfeld of the Cortland State lnfrr- mary believes that \there's no reason to think we're different than any other campus.\ AIDS is a disease that we all need to be aware of, but let's not forget that there are more than 20 different STD's out there that may be just as horrible to acquire. Diseases we're never heard of and diseases with no symptoms. Most of us have heard of herpes, syphilis, and gonorrhea, yet even these diseases are not that common. One STD on the rise and perhaps the m<>st common disease found among college students is chlmaydia. Chlamydia has been with us for awhile, but many people, including myself, had never heard of it before. AJlproximately, four million cases of Chlamydia occur each ear in the United States. The Women's Health Center in Cortland recalls the m<>st cases of Chlamydia have occurred in populations below the age of 24. Unfortunately, cll- lamydiaremains hidden because it's symptoms may go unnoticed. If left undetected, it could lead t<> infertil- ity in women and infection of the prostrate and epididymus in men. The second most common STD on college campuses is genital warts. Gail Servies, Nurse practicioner of the Women's IJealth Center, sees gential warts as\almostepidemic ... Characterized by painless lumps in and around the genitals, it is one of the leading causes of cervical can- cer. Therefore, diagnosis and treat- ment is suggessted for those wllo have the symptoms. Crab lice tends to be the third most,comnl()n STD among college populations. Characterized by itch- ing, fortunately, it has no long term effects. While any sexually active indi- vidual can acquire an STD, there are some helpful tips to playing safe. Many times condoms may be the answer, but not the cure. Talking with partners, using spermicides and foams in conjunction with cond<>ms, and maintaining monogamous sex- ual relationships may help to cut down the ri&ks of acquiring STD's. It is advisable for these individuals leary of STD's or individuals who practice sexual relationships with many partners to have themselves tested for STD's. The Women's Health Center in Cortland has its own STD clinic and will test both men and women who think they may have an STD. They will talk with patients, provide pamphlets, and make referrals for counseling. According to Servies, \we treat partners in every case.\ The Cortland State Infirmary will also pmvide pamphlets, referrals for counseling, and education to part- ners. Treatment is just one of their goals. Yet, Dr. Sternfeld reports, \some I can treat, some I can't\. The Cortland Memorial Hospital encourages students to tune into the the Saturday morning radio show on w.KRT, 920AM, at 1 Oam. Listeners can call in and ask questions about healthconcems, during the talk show \Health Talk\. STD's can be a scary topic to confront, but many can be treated if detected early. Due to the AID's scare, many STD's have calmed down, )JCOple have gotten smarter, and la in it safe h~ aid off. GR.EAT FOOD~ GREAT PRICES! f S-9: Pm· daii.,.,J Your choice: -Laree Pizza or -20 Wines or -Combo: 10 Winss &. smau·. Pizza with a Pitcher ·of Soda or Beer Onlv $6.95 .. ····~·········~····························· '. ' ·' The Press/November 3, 1989/FJVE Lecture to address women's obsession with the slender body . Special to tire Press J)r. Susan Bordo, associate professor of philosophy at LeMoyne College, will deliver the Women's Studies fall lecture at the State Uni- versity College at Cortland. Wed .• Nov. 8, on the topic \TileS lender Body: C<>l1temporary Images and Their Cultural Meaning.\ B<()rdO 's lecture. at 7 pm in the Brockway Hall Lounge on the Cortland campus. will address the \cultural obsession\ that appears to be driving wom~n to pursue the \slender body.\ Illustrating her talk with slides, television and film clips and adver- tisenents. Bordo will offer the argument thllt the slender body carries deep cult~r~ meaning, metaphorically encoding moral values and psychic anx1e11es. ~ordo as been a member<>fthe LeMoyne faculty since 1982. and during her tenure there she has written numerous articles on gender and the body as Viell as having written and edited two books. · S lie is the author of \Food Fashion, & Power: Tile Body and the Reproduction of Gender.'' soon to be published by tile University of California Press, and she is coeditor of .. Gender/Body/Knowledge: Fe111inist Reconstructions ofBeing and Knowing\ releasedearlierthis year by Rutgers University Press. I\. graduate of Carleton University and State University of New York at Stony Brook where she received her Ph.D. in philosoplly in 1982, Bordo has been awarded numerous honors and grants in support of her instruc- ti<>ll and research. Most recently, she received a Rockefeller Humanist-in-Residence Fellowship while spending a semester as a visiting associate professor in the Women's Studies Department at Duke University. Similarly, she !las beell named a fellow by the American Council of Learned Societies and the Ford Foundation, a4j she was the Laurie Chair in Women's Studies visiting fellow at Rutgers University in 1985. Join The Press! Dear Students, As a graduate of Cortland State, who resided on and off campos, I know many of the problems you are faced with on a daily basis. In the city government I would be a voice to help you resolve these problems. Safer, more available student housing, 1Jetter s~dent-town relations and student tenent rights arejustafew oftheareasl am cledicated to investigate and resolve. I ask fc.r your support on election day. Be sure to vote on November 71 Sincerely, Eileen O'Brien

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