A vaccine against AIDS could be developed soon, a leading American expert says.
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 inhaling of amyl-nitrate and other nitrates popular among homosexuals has been thought to be a risk factor [for AIDS], but a study by the Centre for Communicable Diseases in Atlanta concluded these drugs are not responsible for the basic immune defects characteristic of AIDS.
A Victorian man believed to be suffering from acquired immune deficiency syndrome was in a critical condition at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, last night.
A nun who lived in Haiti for 20 years has become one of the more unusual victims of AIDS. Her death from the disease, more commonly found in male homosexuals and Haitians, has been reported in the British medical journal, The Lancet.
The American Red Cross has recalled more than 5500 vials of a blood factor concentrate supplied to hemophiliacs because it was donated by a man who later died of AIDS.
Neal Blewett, or Minister for Health, was recently approached by the publicity-hungry Frederick Nile, NSW politician [with the] request that about 800 Australians, who have been attending a homosexual conference in San Francisco, be put in quarantine before being readmitted to Australia. The incubation period for AIDS is said to be up to two years.
A drug called isoprinosine might be able to cure the acquired a new deficiency syndrome, an American researcher Dr Wong Tsang said yesterday. The drug had restored immune responses in blood taken from AIDS victims in preliminary tests.
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.
QUEENSLAND’S major hospital union is concerned at the possible spread of the deadly acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) among hospital workers.