The one fact that is clear about AIDS is that few people know much about it. Research into the disease has been haphazard. And it’s not just the public that is scared – AIDS has the medical profession pretty frightened, too.
BONE marrow transplants will soon be used as a method of treating severe cases of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), a Sydney doctor predicts.
Dr David Cooper, of the Department of Immunology at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, has just returned from US studies of immunology and AIDS. At a public forum on the syndrome in Sydney on Monday night, he said bone marrow transplants were a possibility for treating severe cases of the syndrome.
But Dr Cooper predicted that even if the agent responsible for AIDS were discovered, it would still not solve patients’ problems.
“AIDS is certainly an alarming medical challenge. But the correct way to defeat it is to mobilise the resources of the community to find its cause and develop a cure, not to indulge in useless finger-pointing,” writes Adam Carr in a letter to The Age.
QUEENSLAND’S major hospital union is concerned at the possible spread of the deadly acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) among hospital workers.
SOME DENTISTS in Australia have refused to treat homosexual patients because they fear catching AIDS, according to Melbourne’s gay community.
Melbourne’s homosexuals yesterday announced the formation of a special group to combat what it regards as ignorance and hysteria about acquired immune deficiency syndrome, AIDS.
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Gay health workers from all over the US gathered in Denver in June for the Fifth National Lesbian/Gay Health Conference. Proceedings this year were dominated by the controversy surrounding AIDS and the challenge the disease presents to the American gay community.