Health authorities may have to wait for between two and three weeks for the results of AIDS blood samples.
Sydney’s homosexuals will be deprived of information on AIDS following the scrapping of a gay community program by a radio station.
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.
Round-up of recent developments in Australia by Phil Carswell.
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.
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.”
Voyeurism and ignorance within the medical profession and the media had led to the hysterical labelling of AIDS as the “gay cancer,” according to Sydney gay activist Lex Watson.
A theory linking infections such as Hepatitis B or herpes to AIDS has been put forward in the latest issue of the Medical Journal of Australia.