Health authorities may have to wait for between two and three weeks for the results of AIDS blood samples.
Federal health authorities believe they have found all the people who could have been contaminated by blood taken from an AIDS-carrying donor.
Twenty-eight haemophiliac children in Queensland have been injected with serum contaminated with AIDS. The serum was made from the blood of a Sydney homosexual man.
There is no form to sign at the Red Cross Blood Bank which states whether or not a donor is homosexual.
The headline of the New York Times issue dates August 8, 1982, read: MYSTERY ILLNESS AFFLICTS HOMOSEXUAL MEN, DEATH RATE NOW 40%. The tag “mystery disease” did not last very long.
A US lawyer suffering from haemophilia has filed a $3 million suit against a blood bank, charging that it gave him a transfusion which caused him to contract AIDS.
Reported cases of AIDS in Australia were increasing at a similar rate to overseas, Professor Ron Penny said yesterday, but it was likely that a vaccine would be available this decade.
Claims that the possible cause of AIDS has been found will have to be followed by solid scientific investigation, cross-referencing and checking, according to Australian viral experts.
Dr James Mason, the head of the Federal Centres for Disease Control, said yesterday he believed a virus discovered in France was the cause of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
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.