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Miss America Focuses on AIDS, Sex Education

The new Miss America, Kate Shindle, will spend her efforts on AIDS education and making condoms available to high schoolers. Shindle, a 20-year-old student at Northwestern University, said the public needed to realize they cannot “talk kids out of having sex,” but that they could “meet them where they are and talk to them about the best ways they can make their behavior safer.”

A theater and sociology major, Shindle became concerned about the spread of AIDS in college when a professor and a close friend were diagnosed with HIV.

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The New York Times - September 15, 1997

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