Clipped From Ukiah Daily Journal
Nurse: A safe sex kit should be placed in every hotel room SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Shampoo, conditioner and an anti-AIDS safe sex kit should become standard amenities in hotel rooms, according to a nurse who convinced Berkeley officials to consider requiring a condom and an information packet in every visitor's room. "Certainly if hotels can have a Gideon Bible in every room, they can include a safe sex kit," said nurse practitioner Leland Trai- man, who suggested the idea to Berkeley's Community Health Advisory Committee. The City Council also has agreed to listen to Traiman's proposal at today's meeting of its committee on public safety and health. "There could be a sign with each kit saying, 'The Bible may save your soul, but this will save your life,'" added the clinical AIDS researcher who served on a city AIDS health commission last year. The health advisory committee has agreed to consider the idea at its February meeting, although members have taken no position, said committee secretary Vince Spencer. But Doris Flood, manager of the Traveler's Lodge near the University of California at Berkeley campus, hasn't taken long to decide how she felt. "My boss is hitting the ceil- ing!" she exclaimed. Y 'He's called the home office, and the home office has called England, and I'm not even going to tell you what England said," said Flood, whose hotel is owned by the British-based Trustforte Inc. "We are three blocks from the university. A lot of our clientele are associated with the university. They are mostly older people or professors or people from Europe; it's not condusive to our clientele here," said Flood. Flood added that a faulty condom could expose the hotel to a lawsuit. Steve ,Rodri, general manager of the Berkeley Marina Marriott Hotel, said the Mormon-run franchise that places the Book of Mormon in each room and doesn't allow Playboy Magazine in the gift shop is not about to place condoms in the rooms. "The Marriott organization has always stood for high morals and professional ethics," said Rodri. "I think it could be difficult to ask a housekeeper of deep religious convictions to handle these types of items." Traiman said he did volunteer work last year at a Berkeley venereal disease clinic and was shocked by the lack of awareness about AIDS on the part of heterosexual patients.