This ¾” U-Matic tape contains a program titled “AIDS: Protect Yourself!” from 1987. A project of the Harris County Medical Society and Houston Academy of Medicine, the educational program attempts to answer questions about AIDS and preventing its spread. The runtime is 16:03.
“Special Thanks to: Baylor College of Medicine; Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center; Harris County Department of Education; Houston Community College; Instant Video Replay; Jefferson Davis Hospital; Ragin’ Cajun Restaurant; Region IV Education Service Center; Spring Branch Independent School District; Westchester Education Center; World Kook Sul Karate Association (Houston Branch).”
“Writer/Producer: Jay Olivier; Production Supervisor: Bob L. Gaspard; Production Coordinators: Wendy Olivier, Bob L. Gaspard, Jere Castillo; Susan Huff; Camera: Bob L. Gaspard, Jere Castillo, Jaroslav Vodenahl; Additional Video Provided by: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, UT-TV, National Cancer Institute, KRPC-TV, Science Videos; Post Production Facility: The Editing Company, Houston; Art Work: Chartworks; Best Boy: Adam Cone. A Public Service Project of Harris County Medical Society and Houston Academy of Medicine, An Olivier Video Production, copyright Harris County Medical Society, 1987.”
Credits also list song credits and cast.
(0:01) Introduction featuring the song “Sign O’ the Times” by Prince
(1:06) Hosts Pip Newson and Jeff Bennett introduce the topic by posting questions about AIDS.
(1:40) Music resumes accompanying a montage of headlines about AIDS and images of people.
(2:19) In a shot of a school classroom, a young Attica Locke is briefly on camera.
(2:24) Accompanied by graphics and reenactments, the speakers explain AIDS—Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome—and how it works.
(4:57) The program stresses prevention and discusses how AIDS is spread. It also addresses rumors or misunderstandings regarding the potential spread of AIDS. A montage of activities that do not spread AIDS is set to Herbie Hancock’s song “Rockit.”
(8:08) The program talks about ways of protecting yourself, emphasizing saying “no” to drug use and casual sexual intercourse.
(9:55) The program discusses the spread of the AIDS epidemic worldwide.
(12:28) Child Psychiatrist Eileen Starbranch, MD interview. Dr. Starbranch discusses fear of AIDS and sexuality.
(13:16) Sam A. Nixon, MD interview. Dr. Nixon discusses AIDS prevention.
(13:49) The narration suggests talking to a doctor, parent, trusted teacher, or school nurse. It also suggests reaching out to a local medical society or the National AIDS Hotline.
(14:49) The program reviews the information presented with text graphics accompanied by Cyndi Lauper’s song “Boy Blue.”
(14:52) The hosts conclude the program: “AIDS is a dangerous and deadly disease. So be smart.” A school classroom answers: “Protect Yourself!”