Linda Evans talks for the first time about ROCk, AIDS...
And that Dynasty KISS

Dynasty superstar Linda Evans has finally broken her silence on the ontroversial kissing scene with Rock Hudson that sparked rumors she might have run the risk of aacquaring AIDS from the stricken actor. And TV`s Krystle Carrington who played those final love scenes with Hudson just a few months before the news that he had AIDS became public knowledge, is desperately trying to reassure her fans that doing the sequence has not endagered her life. "I have not been concerned about my health at any point," Linda said during a promotional interview for Dynasty. "And I haven`t had a blood test for the disease. Quite simply, people should not be worried about me because I am not worried about myself."

Despite the concern of her millions of fans - and hundreds of colleagues in the industry - Linda has remained just as loyal and supportive of Hudson as Krystle was when Rock`s Dynasty character, Daniel Reece, was being tortured in a South America prison. "i feel very sad that while Rock is struggling for his life this sort of thing is going on," she says. "My only concern has been for Rock. He is such a lovely, kind man."

Linda, whohad a number of romantic scenes with Hudson during his sting on Dynasty, became the center of intense speculation and fears after that now notorious TV kiss. THe passionate scene began when Linda fell from a horse on Hudson`s Dynasty ranch. Hudson immediately ran to her and, as she lay on the ground, leaned over and kissed her. It was just another scripted kiss - until the news about Hudson`s affliction broke. The fears fro Linda`s life became symbolic of the panic sweeping through Hollywood, a town literally built on celluloid love scenes.

When Hudson`s spokesman disclosed that the actor had AIDS, Dynasty producers immediately told cast members they would arrange tests for anyone who wanted reassurance that they were free of the deadly disease. For a while, Dynasty became the epicenter of an alarm that spread to every corner of the business. However, Linda has remained convinced throughout the entire ordeal that she does not have the killer virus. "You can`t catch AIDS from casual contact," she says.

"The most valuable thing we can learn from this entire situation with Rock is that we are more well-informed about AIDS, and that we don`t get crazy and panic and start assuming things that just aren`t true. i think the world is running scared." The AIDS scare seems to be showing itself in the acting community mostly among the women who are asked to perform passionate love scenes with actors they know to be gay in real life. Some actresses who know - or suspect - that their leading men are homosexual have expressed reluctance to do kissing scenes with those stars. And gay actors began to fear that producers would blacklist them, rather than risk the ire of female stars.

Linda apparently had heard reports of Hudson`s illness before he arrived on the Dynasty set, but dismissed them as nasty talk. And the feared backlash against gays has not affected Dynasty, since at least one homosexual actor continues to appear on the series. The Hollywood community is split between those who feel the risk of catching AIDS in love scenes has been exaggerated and those who feel their fears are well grounded - especially since the medical community can`t seem to agree the matter.

But Linda Evans considers the hysteria over AIDS to be one of the major absteacles to research and curing AIDS. "We all must be more and more informed, and then we won`t be so panicked," she says. "i don`t see much panic on the sound stages, but in reading newspapers and magazined I think it`s very frightening. "It`s being totally twisted out of proportion through people not really knowing the facts." Linda is also upset that the myths surrounding the AIDS scare in Hollywood have hindered progress on what she considers the most important cause at hand - the treatment of the sidease and research into a cure for it.

The 43-year-old actress considers celebrity events like the recent Commitment to Life AIDS gala held in Los Angeles as vital in the quest for a cure. "The proceeds, from the benefit will go to research," she says. "I honestly think that`s what has to happen, because we still have to learn so much more about AIDS, and we have to be a lot kinder to people who suffer from it and are involved with it."