Tonight’s edition of Discovery, ‘Killer In the Village’ (Channel 2 at 9.10), is a science-fact program about an invasion against which there seems to be no protection. The invader is an as-yet-unidentified agent which causes the condition known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome – AIDS.
Professor Roger Dawkins believes the much-publicised link between AIDS and homosexuality has overshadowed the relevance AIDS research could have to other, more prevalent diseases.
The chief of medicine at Fairfield Hospital, Dr Ron Lucas, is so convinced that AIDS cannot be acquired by taking the hepatitis B vaccine that he is taking it himself.
Blood transfusions appear to cause about one per cent of all AIDS cases reported so far, but the chances of getting the deadly disease from blood after an operation or accident are tiny, researchers say.
The New England Journal of Medicine has published a study that examines the 18 known cases of blood transfusion-associated AIDS. The authors conclude that their findings “strengthen the evidence that AIDS may be transmitted in blood.”
Letter-writer John Moulis responds to an earlier letter criticising the Herald’s front-page story on AIDS.
The reported incidence of venereal diseases in Melbourne has dropped sharply, provoking speculation that the fear of contracting AIDS has caused a decline in promiscuity.