Australia could make an important contribution to research on the spread of AIDS, the director of the Centre for Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, Dr Walter Dowdle, said in Melbourne yesterday.
Some laboratory monkeys in the US which spontaneously developed a disease similar to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) have provided the strongest evidence yet that AIDS is caused by a virus.
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.
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 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.
A second case of AIDS in NSW has been confirmed, and NSW Health Department officials are attempting to track down people who have had sexual contact with the man.
A small amount of blood from a patient critically ill with AIDS has entered Melbourne’s sewers.
A Victorian man is critically ill in St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome — AIDS. It is only the third life-threatening case of the disease to be diagnosed in an Australian, and appears to be closely, following the pattern that led to the death of a man in Prince Henry’s Hospital in July.
“We were starting to be treated like ordinary human beings. People were finally realising that apart from our sexual preference, we’re just like everyone else. I now find an incredible number of mis-informed straight people who feel that by social contact with me they could get AIDS…”
There have been two definite cases of AIDS diagnosed in Australia — both contracted overseas — and one or two possible cases. Yet such is the fascination with the syndrome that it has become the new buzz-word in Australian society.