An item in last week's Prince George's County Council summary incorrectly stated that the council adopted a bill authorizing the county to sell $7.1 million in bonds to finance 12 school improvement projects. The council expects to vote on the bill early next month. A public hearing is scheduled June 30. (Published 6/18/87)

The following were among actions taken at Tuesday's meeting of the Prince George's County Council. For more information, call 952-5182.

AIDS REPORT -- The council received a report from county health officer Helen McAllister on countywide efforts to combat the spread of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and other communicable diseases. The report included recommendations for stepped-up education and additional free testing for county residents.

Because the number of persons in the county suffering from AIDS is second in the state only to Baltimore, which currently has 224 reported cases, including 139 deaths, the council last month appropriated more than $150,000 in its fiscal 1988 budget to combat AIDS. The effort, under a single umbrella, would afford counseling, research and education to county residents concerned about AIDS. The county has been treating AIDS patients and their families through a variety of health and social service departments, with a single AIDS coordinator, funded by the state.

According to the latest statistics released May 27, the county has recorded 139 cases of AIDS, including 93 related deaths. "We have every reason to protect the public," McAllister said.

Based on national models, it is estimated that by 1991 45,000 of the county's residents, currently 700,000, will have been exposed to the AIDS virus, and 20 to 40 percent will develop AIDS.

"For those who don't develop AIDS, the chance of developing some other type of illness {such as AIDS Related Complex} is quite high, around 70 percent," McAllister said.

Additional testing is necessary to accommodate the number of county residents requesting tests, McAllister said. The number has risen 200 percent since last year, partly due to the increasing number of heterosexuals and women concerned about contracting the disease. Continued free tests are important because they can cost about $100 each, she said.

McAllister expressed "deep concern" about the high percentage of county drug addicts infected with the virus. She emphasized the need for AIDS education, including a statewide program that sends former drug addicts into the streets to educate drug addicts and prostitutes.

McAllister recommended across-the-board, anonymous AIDS testing in county detention centers, including juvenile service centers. It is not known how many prisoners and juvenile delinquents have AIDS, she said, and the county must determine the scope of the problem in order to expand assistance

McAllister said that although county schools have been conducting AIDS education for about three years, with the health department serving as a resource, the county should focus more heavily on educating children between the ages of 10 and 14 because many are sexually active.

BOND SALE -- The council voted unanimously to waive a public hearing and adopt a bill authorizing the county to sell $7.1 million in bonds to finance 12 school improvement projects. The bill was introduced June 3 by Council Chairwoman Hilda Pemberton for construction, expansion and improvement of county schools through 1993.