America’s leading blood banks are preparing to issue their strongest statement to date linking transfusions with AIDS.
In a letter in response to the Herald’s front-page story a few days ago, E.A. O’Halloran argues “there will be a great number of people who will find it hard to accept that this man and his homosexual mode of life demand any particular sympathy.”
Two more cases of AIDS have been diagnosed in Australia but doctors said yesterday the victims were suffering only a mild form of the disease and were most unlikely to die from it.
The first traces of AIDS have surfaced in Perth. Two young men are being treated in Royal Perth Hospital with lymphadenopathy syndrome (LS), an early and mild form of AIDS.
The Rev. Fred Nile maintains that the AIDS epidemic has reached such proportions that the State Government should impose a levy on gay bars and the like to cover hospital costs.
Two years ago, many of Haiti’s low-paid workers were still building and staffing new luxury hotels and nightclubs, evidence of the widening circle of Americans drawn to the conviviality, art and grace of the local people. But since the middle of 1982, when American authorities linked Haiti with AIDS, the tourist industry has collapsed.
The recent discovery of acquired immune deficiency syndrome among a small number of women overseas means much more than a change in the “gay plague” image of the fatal disease, according to an international authority on infectious diseases.
“I’ve been hurt by the sensationalism, although the staff here have been wonderful and friendly. I don’t see myself as different to anybody else. I’m just a 29-year-old government clerk with a serious disease.”
Obviously if you are a homosexual or drug addict, your chances of catching the disease is far higher, and these people would be advised to be far more careful with whom they associate in future. But for the majority of us, AIDS is far more a mouse than a lion.