February 19, 2006 - Posted at 12:33 p.m. CST
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ This public health campaign is a real
As in ``drag queen.''
A sharp increase in syphilis cases in Kansas City, particularly
among gay men, has prompted the city's health department to begin a
new kind of outreach.
That's where ``Flo,'' the grande dame of Kansas City's drag
queens, comes in.
Offstage, ``Flo'' is Jon Koop, who has long made the character a
crusader for gay health. Koop has worked the issue into Flo's act
at gay-oriented nightspots.
Koop says the key is to present serious information in a
humorous way, so people remember it -- and act on it.
During Flo's routine, volunteers from area health departments
and medical schools and the Kansas City Free Health Clinic
circulate, offering each patron information about free syphilis