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.
Two years ago, many of Haiti’s low-paid workers were still building and staffing new luxury hotels and nightclubs, evidence of the widening circle of Americans drawn to the conviviality, art and grace of the local people. But since the middle of 1982, when American authorities linked Haiti with AIDS, the tourist industry has collapsed.
In Australia, AIDS is an epidemic in search of victims — only two cases have been confirmed. But it has nevertheless triggered an internecine medical war over research funds, enriched a few GPs smart enough to cash in on the hysteria, and led to the establishment of a plethora of emergency assistance groups. In the US the epidemic is very real, though reports about it are often far-fetched.
The total number of AIDS cases in the US has climbed past 2000 and, for the first time, children are reported to have fallen victim to the deadly disease.
Everything about AIDS looks as though it is contagious. Scientists think it is passed by…
The potentially fatal disease AIDS will probably spread to all Australian cities, the dean of Melbourne University’s Faculty of Medicine, Professor DG Pennington, said in Adelaide yesterday.