community responses

Gays form AIDS group

Melbourne’s homosexuals yesterday announced the formation of a special group to combat what it regards as ignorance and hysteria about acquired immune deficiency syndrome, AIDS.

August 8th,1983 1983, Courier-Mail, The Age

Victorian gays act on AIDS

The Victorian AIDS Action Committee (VAAC) was established at a public meeting in Melbourne on 12 July. Over seventy people attended the meeting at the Laird O’Cockpen Hotel, to which all gay groups in Victoria had been invited.

August 1st,1983 1983, Outrage

Minister favors funding

A deputation from the AIDS Action Committee (AAC) to the NSW Health Minister, Laurie Brereton, received a favourable hearing and resulted in a promised re-organisation of Health Department committee structures and funding for a field worker to undertake “contract tracing” of possible AIDS cases.

July 13th,1983 1983, Campaign Australia

A cautious world of AIDS and gays

“Everybody is talking about it. It’s such a frightening thing, so frightening that people are almost joking about it.” Mr Stephen Allkins, a young homosexual from Elizabeth Bay, was sitting in the Flinders Hotel in Darlinghurst yesterday, talking about the AIDS scare and the Sydney gay community’s response to it.

June 28th,1983 1983, Sydney Morning Herald

Call for national taskforce as 19 AIDS cases feared

A call for a national symposium of doctors to discuss acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) has been made by Sydney’s homosexuals following the disclosure of at least 19 suspected cases of the incurable and generally fatal illness in Australia.

June 27th,1983 1983, Australian

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