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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 20, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta J6 THE lETHHRinGE HERALD Solurdoy, Mriy 10, Confidential treatment tree at venereal disease clinic By MAVUKKN J'aniily Kililor The vtMlurcal disease clinic in the basement of ihu l-dhliridfio JUiiniripfll Ilospilal is a very confiilcnlial lypc which provides hw. treatment, fcr people v.- h o need it, nccordhig In Mrs. M. Larson, clinic supervisor. "Our overall rum-lion Is pre- venlion and control of venereal diseases. "We [unction In a consulta- tive rapacity lo all health work- ers and donors" fhv s a i d. "Then we. function in a diag- nostic capaeiiy. "Not all patients come In us. They have a choice of their own physicians 01 Ihe clinic. A lot come here word of mouth or ore referred by a doctor or heallh and welfare authorities. MU.M.V see very little syphilis here." saitl Mrs. Lawson. "'bul we do see It's nol epidemic here, but it is in some areas." Quoting from Xewsweek ma- pazine, she said. is noi a problem now. It's the lifestyle of the young and the three permissiveness, promiscuity and the Pill. "The ure.2iv.sl. sexual activ- ity is in young she said, although "a great many parents aren't aware there is such a problem in the commun- ity." Mrs. Lawson Flipped open a brochure on Canadian statis- tics for IflTO showing that 16.5 per cent uf gonorrhea patients were in the 13-19 age group, and a whopping (W.5 per cent in the age group, "mostly the early twenties." she said. It was her opinion, said Mrs. Lawson that "we're nol getting an increase, but we're seeing more and more young peoplo v anting to be reassured. They're becoming more knowl- edgeable. "They're learning the facts and realize they have a re- source in the community. Some- times they hesitate to g" to their own doctor. lias a short in- nitration period usually five lo ten days. It strikes all peoplo I in all walks of society. "Dosed up is the common ,_ I lerm for If she said, "and symptoms (which c a n signs of oilier infeclionsl i1" re (genital) discharge and Iainful urination." II Konorrhra is not treated, j "it can spread to adjacent, or i pans and cause pain and dis- comfort. The ultimate possibil- Ity is slerilily. where il is not diagnosed or properly she said. "A basic aspect of our work In controlling! disease is epidpmiolopical j which Mrs. Lawson ex- plained as tracing the contacts. METHOD OF CONTROL "They bad to get it from somebody. We're trying lo break the chain ot infection, so we're trying to seek out the in- fecfor. H could be male or fe- male. Ilomoscxualily is quite a problem in venereal I she said. I'.ut in helerosexual inter- i course "many times, the source of the disease" is a woman, jsaid Mrs. Lawson. who "is un- aware she his the infeclion be- cause she is asymptomatic" or without symptoms. "Lots of times the' girl carrier has the organisms, but doesn't li a v o symptoms. "We Iry to stress the impor- tance of truth, so we can get lo the individuals and break j the chain. feel our epidemiologies! work has improved over Ihe years." she said, "and with im- proved treatment and drugs, we have every chance of cur- I ing the individual. 1 "Syphilis and gonorrhea are both acquired through Inter, course and bolh ean be ac- quired at the same lime." "Penicillin is still Ihe b e s I method of treatment for both, o m c gonorrhea strains are becoming resistant and a hit of a problem, NO IMMUNITY i According lo Mrs. Lawson I "there is no immunity. Having j had it doesn't give immunity, and there is no immunization. People can gel it frequently. j "Where WG have the problem is when venereal disease is not 1 promptly reported and we don't know how majiy people have hem in contact with il or who i is the cause. j "Younger age groups are be- coming patients nnd carriers in recent she said, addin" that the youngest patients she has been treating mainly J girls have been 14 years old. "I might sec eight or nine patients a said Mrs. Lawson. and during 1971 she had seen '-about 400 palienis i tor actual consultation and cli- 1 agnosis. "Treatment for gonorrhea is jusl a short period, a matter of a few days, hut every case is treated on its own meril. If we get syphilis early, it's a mailer of a month or so." The clinic arranges appoinl- menls to provide the greatest privacy for patients, Mrs. Law- son explained. "It's done very discreetly." Juveniles should be aware, she said that "there is no legis- lation in Alberta that requires informing pareiits. "Everything is kept In confi- dence hut. discretion is still the best protection." <'sity women install officers tive was elected for The annual spring banquet of I An execu the Lethbridge club or the Ca- Ihe lerm 1372-73 and is as fol- 1 nadian Federation of Universi- lows tv Women was held recenllv. Ask Your Avon Lady About 86th Anniversary Specials Or Phone 328-7424 Mrs. Beatrice Meintzer. pres- ident: Dr. Gudrun Hesse, vice- president; Mrs. Elsie Morris, past president: I Mrs. Norma Struhle, secre- tary; Mrs. Kaltiryn Yoshida, i treasurer: Mrs Sylvia Camp- bell, membership secretary; Mrs. Frances Schultz, Dr. Barbara Lacey, and Miss Eliza- beth Bartman, program com- mittee; Mrs. Man" Skeleton, archives: Mrs. Ellen Stanford, social con venor; Mrs. Rose Jurisich and j Mrs. Jackie Gorl, membership j tea: j Dr. Edna Prall and Mrs. Jan- ice Johnston, Christmas party: Mrs. Anne Barnes and Mrs. j Donna Thacker, May party. j MRS. BEATRICE MEINTZER HELP US TO HELP OTHERS! The Salvation Army Welfare Services Needs Clothing, Furniture, Toys, Household Effects CALL 328-2860 FOR PICKUP SERVICE OR LEAVE AT 412 1st AVE. S. SOME IN DOUBT JOHANNESBURG, South At-1 rica (API Heard on the pub-1 president lie address system of the Johan- nesburg international airport: I "Will all female passengers kindly proceed to the left-hand gale, all males to the righthand gate and those of you who are uncertain please proceed lo the information counter for dassifi- 1 cation." by MAUREEN JAMIESON Jim Wilson, Jim Maybie and 1 were leaning out of an upstairs window Lhc oilier day. We spent a pleasant fifteen minutes or so tossing down a plastic S'nake in front of acquaintances (now former friends) who were walking by, and suddenly 1 was hit willi a blast of nostalgia. H reminded me of the prickly brown woolen sloe-kings and pudding-bowl hal of my schooldays. In the underprivileged life of Ihe boarding school kid in those days, were were not allowed.radio, mo- vies, or "associating willi the opposite so il was a challenge lo keep ourselves occupied and somehow Ihe si.l-ins. spitballs and truancy nit prac- tised by my offspring seem pretty anemic by com- parison. Kids and teachers bolh had to be tough to make il through Ihe school year in one piece. Take the leacher who liked to slip her shoes of! in class no one ever did find oul who pul Ihe puddle of glue under her desk, right where she placed licr feel so the whole class was punished. Then there was Ihe Sunday afternoon a teacher was locked in the toilet. IL was a good, old-fashioned un-yale-lype lock, and she spent three hours in there before a passing monitor rescued her. Guilty or inno- cent, once again we all got l.COO lines. In fact, half our school life was spent gelling lines. I say gelling rather llian doing, because out- class did a roaring business willi Ihe younger kids, bribing (hem with candy, trips lo Ihe village and dire theats of agonizing dealh lo get them lo do the work for us. So we never did actually pay for our crimes. One of our favorite pastimes was smuggling candy up to the dorm in our stockings, and one night I forgot about mine and fell asleep. Came the dawn and T vent lo pul on my Blockings, only to find mice had ealen right through them lo get lo Ihe sweel stuff. Of course every oilier pair I hart happened to he in the wash and I got caught. Punishment, as always, was lines. We used to have a club and held secret meetings in the basement behind Ihe water healer, and one day we accidentally pul out Ihe pilol light. No one could lighl Ihe thing, so we decided to act dumb and wait it out. Well the teachers had their own wing and water supply, so it wasn't until some of us started to smell pretty high that they discovered anything was wrong, but when they did. we were stuck in a bath with dis- infectant and blessed with lines apiece. One weekend we seniors were sent on the train to the city, about BO miles away, for a dental checkup. Six of us phoned the dentist from the station to tell him we had mumps, and look off to the nearest movie house. Unfortunately he was a suspicious cuss and doubted thai six of his patients would be stricken at the same lime, so when we stepped off Ihe Irain al the school slop, we were met by a formidable dele- gation of outraged teachers, and the regular punish- ment was duly meted oul. There was. of course, a hosl of minor infractions smuggling a broken chair inlo math class for Mr. Browne, who weighed in at 250 pounds, give or take an ounce. It was a glorious crash, and his vocabulary stirred Ihe imagination And Ihe itchy powder sneaked inlo Ihe laundry and sprinkled on the teach- ers' undies was well worth every line we didn't wrile. But we finally got our cumuppancc. The high point of our school career was to be the last midnight feast put on by the group. We'd spent four days smuggling candy, buns, cake and pop into the basement. On the big night. Ihe alarm went off under my pillow promptly at 12, and I went around waking up the clan. Because il was such a special occasion, gol all innovative and decided to dress up. My Methodist roommate made a terrific nun with the help of two white sheels and some cardboard boxes, and 1 felt pretty clashing as William Shakespeare, in navy blue elastic-leg gym bloomers padded oul with sox and stuff, and a few stray pine needles stralegically glued on for moustache and beard. About twenty of us climbed out a window, down the fire escape, through a kilchen window and down into the basement. We lit candles, gol our illicil record player going, and were just opening up the goodies when we beard a noise. Standing in the doorway was the principal. After a brief survej'. she grimly insisted we go on with the feast. We sat and ate in cold misery hilc she stood and watched. That's when I discovered what is meant by skele- ton al the feast. Yes, you bat! to be tough to he a student in those days but you had lo be a heck of a lot longhcr to be a teacher. THE BETTER HALF By Bob Barnes Childhnod i< Special Piclurr. it now in nnturol color. DARYL-13 yn. CAlETTf 11 yrs. La DON 9 yri. AT-TEN-SHUNI Royal Canadian Army Cadets shape up for their annual inspec- tion and p-esentolion of awards held in ill e Lethbridge Armory a1 Kenyon Field. Co- lonel F. T. King, centre, inspects Ihe corps. On parade, left foreground, is Codel Seraeanl Mason On-going government study report recommendations EDMONTON fCP) The Al- berta Government is studying tlic possibility of implementing recommendations of Ihe Royal Commission on the Status or Women which fall within pro- I v i n c i a I jurisdiction, Helen Ilunlcy. minister without pori- l folio, snid in the legislature. Miss Ilunley said a committee i has made recommendations to i the government which will be- 1 come part of an "on-going'1 i study. i Some recommendations al- ready hud been implemented 1 some were being studied and will not be possible be 1 cause at this point Ihey arc not i economically feasible." Miss Ilunley said there are also some recommendations ber of women on thai "perhaps are not socially appointed hoards, commissions acceptable at this time." j and tribunals. When asked by Henry Rusle j Miss Hunley said It Is not the for an ex- sole prerogative of the govern- ample of a recommendation incut to encourage women to that is not economically feas- i seek elected office, and sug- ible, Miss Hunley mentioned j gested opposition members day care centres. Roy Wilson (SC-Calgary Bow) asked what programs will be implemented to encourage women to seek elected office and what policy the govern- ment has to increase tbe mini- Cheerleader I clinic in Calgar The [irst annual Canadian i summer cliccrlcading clinic i will .'.o held at the YWCA in Cnlcary August 27 Ihroufin .'II. II will he co-sponsored by the CnlfKii-y YUT.'A and the al Cheerleader Association of I Dallas. Texas. ft is intended lo brinfi in new I and frc-ih malcrial and ideas to I those fjirls interested in cheer leading. InKlruclion will be provided by tne .staff, willi dime co-ordinatnr Mr. Jrff Wehb. Included uill be the- latest yi'lls. pompon) routines, pep rallies, skits, songs, chants, I stunts, jumps, tumbling, crowd psychology, footwork, sports- manship, uniform and appear- ance and spirit boosting ideas. All junior and senior hitfi school girls arc eligible and i further information may re. I tcivcd by contacting Mrs. Jancy Allan, group worker YWCA, :I20 51 h Cal- gary 21. should do something about the situation too. As for appointing more wo- men to boards and commis- sions, tbe government is work- ing on it and "I think you will see some imprnvcmcnl.'1 HELEN Ill'M.EV Minister without portfolio LA. TO F.O.E. BINGO CANCELLED THIS WEEK NEXT BINGO Mon., May 29th BINGO RAINBOW HALL 5lh N TUESDAY, MAY 23rd at 8 p.m. Firs? Jackpot in 58 Nos., 2nd Jackpot in 55 Nol. Free and Garner. 25c per Card, 5 Caicls SI.DC 3 Free Garnet Door Prize No Children Under 16 Yean Sponsored By A.U.U.C Associolion MB. 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