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NATIONAL AIDS EXPERT UNVEILS COUNTRY'S FIRST AIDS STAMP

 WAYNE, N.J., Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the top scientists in the fight against AIDS, William Darrow, Ph.D., joins the United States Postal Service on World AIDS Day Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1993. The new 29-cent first class AIDS Awareness Stamp unveiling will take place at 1:30 p.m. at William Paterson College, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, N.J.
 Dr. Darrow has been attempting to solve the AIDS enigma since the summer of 1981, when he was asked to serve on the Centers for Disease Control's task force on AIDS. His ground-breaking research proved that men living with AIDS in varied parts of the nation were linked by sexual contact. He has since been immortalized in author Randy Shilts' best-selling book "And The Band Played On," and in the recent HBO movie of the same name. Noted character actor Richard Masur portrayed Dr. Darrow in the film.
 Dr. Darrow is currently chief of the CDC's Behavioral and Prevention Research Branch, supervising 30 scientists and overseeing 35 projects designed to prevent the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
 "We're very excited to have a leading national figure such as Dr. Darrow help us debut the AIDS Awareness stamp," the Postal Service's Northern New Jersey District Manager Eugene Rear said. "The AIDS Awareness stamps not only will carry letters to their destination ... they will also carry an important health message of their own to everyone who sees them along the way."
 "Education and awareness are the first lines of defense in the battle to defeat and cure AIDS," William Paterson College President Arnold Speert said. "As an educational institution with a concern for our community's health, we are very proud to be a part of this historic ceremony."
 The AIDS Awareness Stamp is the latest in a long line of stamps that have raised the public's awareness of a variety of health and social issues, including the 1931 Red Cross 50th Anniversary stamp, the 1957 Fight Polio stamp, 1964's Crusade Against Cancer stamp, and 1978's Early Cancer Detection stamp.
 The AIDS stamps are in booklet format. Twenty-five million booklets have been printed with each containing 10 stamps for a total of 250 million stamps. A special cancellation and cachet envelope commemorating World AIDS Day will also be available.
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 /CONTACT: Frank Santora of the U.S. Postal Service, 201-669-0764 or 212-613-8754/


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