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by Abigail Van Buren

Request for Silver Flatware Tarnishes Family Relations

DEAR ABBY: Thank you for reassuring "Lost in North Carolina" and others infected with genital herpes that it is an extremely common infection, and one that can be managed. We especially appreciate your telling readers about the Herpes Resource Center.

In response to your column, we have heard from more than 2,000 people thus far who need our help. From past experience, we know that "Dear Abby" readers will continue to contact us over the next few months -- often telling us that they did not know where to turn until they saw the information in your column.

Your support for people with chronic sexually transmitted diseases is very important. Thank you again. -- LINDA L. ALEXANDER, PH.D, PRESIDENT, AMERICAN SOCIAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION

DEAR LINDA: You're welcome; that's what I'm here for.

For readers who may have missed the column and need to learn more about sexually transmitted diseases, or who may be seeking help, I'm repeating the address: Herpes Resource Center, American Social Health Association, Dept. PR85, P.O. Box 13827, Research Triangle Park, N.C. 27709. Please enclose $1 to cover postage and handling.