Health authorities may have to wait for between two and three weeks for the results of AIDS blood samples.
The Federal Government has granted $80,000 to set up a joint Melbourne-Sydney medical group to research AIDS.
Australia could make an important contribution to research on the spread of AIDS, the director of the Centre for Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, Dr Walter Dowdle, said in Melbourne yesterday.
A Melbourne man has been admitted to hospital with AIDS – the first Australian case in six months.
The chief of medicine at Fairfield Hospital, Dr Ron Lucas, is so convinced that AIDS cannot be acquired by taking the hepatitis B vaccine that he is taking it himself.
The recent discovery of acquired immune deficiency syndrome among a small number of women overseas means much more than a change in the “gay plague” image of the fatal disease, according to an international authority on infectious diseases.
“I’ve been hurt by the sensationalism, although the staff here have been wonderful and friendly. I don’t see myself as different to anybody else. I’m just a 29-year-old government clerk with a serious disease.”
The State Health Minister, Mr Roper, today tried to dampen “hysteria” about AIDS. He was commenting on Australia’s first suspected death from the disease at the weekend.
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.
The Australian, 6 July 1983: A THIRD Victorian victim of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)…