letter to the editor

Journalistic excesses over AIDS

A newspaper article about a small amount of an AIDS patient’s blood being washed into Melbourne’s sewers was “an absurd item of non-news” and “scaremongering at its cheapest”, says Alister Brass of the Medical Journal of Australia.

October 10th,1983 1983, Sydney Morning Herald

Don’t blame lifestyles for AIDS

“AIDS is certainly an alarming medical challenge. But the correct way to defeat it is to mobilise the resources of the community to find its cause and develop a cure, not to indulge in useless finger-pointing,” writes Adam Carr in a letter to The Age.

August 15th,1983 1983, The Age

Face the facts

“The human body is not programmed for homosexual intercourse and … AIDS is one of those situations where there are simply inevitable consequences.”

July 26th,1983 1983, Australian

An equal go for everybody

“Homosexual people are so discriminated against in this state [Queensland] that we are not even included in discussions on discrimination or anti-discrimination legislation.”

July 25th,1983 1983, Courier-Mail

AIDS cure

“The abandonment of promiscuity, homosexuality, and drug abuse could eventually stop both diseases in their tracks — although that is hardly likely to prove an acceptable solution.”

July 21st,1983 1983, Sydney Morning Herald

The oppression of gays

“Perhaps homosexuality is separable from promiscuity, but its oppression is not; and society as a whole may be held responsible for the spread of AIDS through oppression of the homosexual.”

July 18th,1983 1983, Australian

The march of AIDS

Following Australia’s first AIDS-related fatality, Fred Nile takes the opportunity to stir up more hatred about gay men in this letter to the SMH.

July 13th,1983 1983, Sydney Morning Herald

Unfair, Dr Blewett

The difficulties confronting the media in informing the public derive from the fragmented way in which the medical and scientific community is communicating with the public, and the variety of journalists (even on the one newspaper) involved in reporting what spokesmen have to say.

July 4th,1983 1983, Sydney Morning Herald

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