The early stages of acquired immune deficiency syndrome can be diagnosed with a new process which can detect and measure neopterine, a substance present in the urine of people suffering from certain kinds of cancer and viral illnesses such as AIDS, spokesmen at Austria’s Innsbruck University said.
“The human body is not programmed for homosexual intercourse and … AIDS is one of those situations where there are simply inevitable consequences.”
A public meeting called to dispel growing concern about AIDS was told yesterday that about 5 per cent of all Australians were affected by a very mild form of immune deficiency. But one of Australia’s leading immunologists, Professor Roger Dawkins, said the mild deficiency was “nothing to do” with the very severe — and usually fatal — AIDS.
The NSW Government has given $84,000 to Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital to fund a research project into AIDS. The Minister for Health, Mr Brereton, said the main aim of the project was to determine whether there were AIDS carriers in Sydney’s homosexual community.
CONCERN in the United States about acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) has been increased by reports that the disease has stricken four health care workers.
“Perhaps homosexuality is separable from promiscuity, but its oppression is not; and society as a whole may be held responsible for the spread of AIDS through oppression of the homosexual.”
The Age, 12 Jul 1983, p 5: Health officials were not expecting a big increase…
THE first Australian victim of AIDS to die in the country had such a depressed natural immune system that he died of a virus which rarely kills even new-born babies. The man. a 43-year old heterosexual, contracted a CMV, or cytomegalo virus, which usually threatens infants only.
In our enlightened days … we have also abandoned the view that such epidemics are the work of God as divine retribution for sin. At least some of us have; but with the appearance of AIDS … some with either deeper divine knowledge than the rest of us or a callous indifference to human suffering, are calling it the plague of God or the wrath of God.
NOTE FROM THE CURATOR: The letter from Fred Nile below is a particularly egregious example…