Sexual During Risk the human Behaviors immunodeficiency — Continued virus (HIV) epidemic, media and public interest have been captured periodically by accounts of persons infected with HIV. However, the effect of these stories on HIV/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) awareness and sexual behaviors is largely unknown. On November 7, 1991, Earvin “Magic ” Johnson announced at a press conference he was infected with HIV and would be retiring from professional basketball. This report summarizes findings on the self-reported sexually transmitted disease (STD)/HIV sexual risk behaviors of patients of an STD clinic in a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C., during the 14 weeks before and the 14 weeks after Johnson announced he was infected with HIV. The announcement occurred during the 15th week of a 29-week cross-sectional study comparing STD/HIV risk factors reported by STD clinic patients on self-administered questionnaires to those reported in face-to-face interviews. All patients eligible for the study attended a public STD clinic in suburban Maryland for STD-diagnostic and STD-treatment services. A random sample of patients was asked to participate in the study. To examine the effect of the announcement on reported sexual behavior
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