The Salina Journal Sunday, January 12,1986 Page 36 Pets taking central role as lifestyles change CHICAGO (AP) — A dog's life is becoming a central part of home life for the increasing numbers of two-career families, latchkey kids and singles, according to experts meeting to explore pets' roles in changing lifestyles. Dogs, cats and other creatures are being elevated to the status of companions and confidantes, said Patricia Curtis, a member of the advisory committee of Pets Are Wonderful, a not-for-profit animal welfare group. "The pet is viewed as more than an animal, and not quite a person,'' Curtis said. Pets are filling the void left when people divorce or delay marriage, or when so-called latchkey children are left unattended by working parents. "Now, as more and more women are returning to the work force the pet is taking on an additional role ... as a greeter and confidante for latchkey children. The presence of a pet can ease the child's loneliness," Curtis said. "Pets are especially important to many single people," she said. "There's somebody home when they come home. You meet other people when you have a pet. There's a real brotherhood and sisterhood among pet owners." For some people, pets become child substitutes, said Curtis, who also has written several books on animals. She said the theme of today's meeting, organized by the Chicago-based Pets Are Wonderful, was to be "The New American Family and the Implications for Pet Ownership." Delegate to reintroduce plan to study male woes ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A legislator whose proposal to study the problems of contemporary men was derided last year as the "wimp bill" said he expects better treatment for the idea when he tries again this year. "Our men are in trouble. Don't kid yourselves, they are in trouble," said Delegate Elijah Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat. He said that after the initial reaction last year, when his proposal was called, among other things, "the quiche bill," legislators began to approach him to say he had a good point. This year's resolution sponsored by Cummings and Delegate Anne Perkins, D-Baltimore, head of the women's caucus in the House of Delegates, calls for creation of a Maryland Task Force on Manhood, Fatherhood and Family. The task force would be charged with ensuring that state agencies are aware of the pressures men face in contemporary society and offer help in dealing with One out of three exposed to virus may get AIDS ATLANTA (AP) — As many as one out of three people exposed to the AIDS virus may develop the disease itself, not the 5 percent to 20 percent previously estimated, federal researchers say. Scientists with the National Cancer Institute in Washington have found that about one-third of a group of homosexual men in New York City who showed signs of the virus in 1982 have since developed acquired immune deficiency syndrome, said Dr. James Goedert, an NCI cancer expert. The institute previously had estimated that between 5 percent and 20 perpent of all people exposed to the AIDS virus contract the disease; the national Centers for Disease Control has estimated that 5 percent to 10 percent get AIDS. ' 'It's becoming clear that that's too low, at least the lower end," Goedert said. The risk of developing AIDS, however, was "significantly" lower in four other groups studied by the NCI: homosexual men in Washington and Denmark, hemophilia patients in Pennsylvania and intravenous drug abusers in Queens, N.Y., Goedert said. Those groups are "in the range of risk from the earlier estimate — 5 to 20 percent," he said. Goedert stressed that the NCI research groups are small — just 85 people were in the Manhattan study, and roughly half of them had been exposed to AIDS virus — and the findings are not final. The numbers, however, raise the question of why Manhattan homosexual men may be at greater risk. "I wish I knew," said Goedert. "But I think it's clear that AIDS and (AIDS) virus occurred at a much earlier point in time among homosexual men in Manhattan. That general group was infected fairly early." 'JEAN STATION Choose from a large selection of junior swimwear. Aggieville, Manhattan those problems. Cummings said government has examined society's problems from the woman's viewpoint and it is time to take a look from the man's perspective. He noted that men commit more crimes and commit suicide at a much higher rate than women. 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