AIDS hope

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.

July 30th,1983 1983, Australian

Face the facts

“The human body is not programmed for homosexual intercourse and … AIDS is one of those situations where there are simply inevitable consequences.”

July 26th,1983 1983, Australian

It’s not AIDS — but 5pc have immune deficiency

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.

July 25th,1983 1983, Australian

The oppression of gays

“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.”

July 18th,1983 1983, Australian

AIDS death caused by virus that hits babies

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.

July 11th,1983 1983, Australian

The ‘wrath’ of God and the AIDS controvery

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.

July 7th,1983 1983, Australian

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