Round-up of recent developments in Australia by Phil Carswell.
The Medical Journal of Australia has printed a series of letters critical of its cover story on AIDS published in June, and an apology from the Editor.
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.
“There is no doubt that the deliberate creation of public fear and the spread of false information is going on, and that AIDS is being used to attack gay people and gay rights in Australia.”
THERE HAVE recently been suggestions made that the new hepatitis vaccine may be transmitting AIDS and therefore unsafe. The fact that these reports have been coming from what seem to be medically qualified sources, such as the Chairman of the national Red Cross, Professor Pennington, has added a great deal of credibility to these warnings.
Editorial in The Australian, 4 July 1983: THE AUSTRALIAN Medical Association has learned what newspaper…
Sydney Morning Herald, 29 June 1983, p 10: The Federal Minister for Health, Dr Blewett,…
“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.
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.
The first reports on AIDS in Australia’s leading medical journal were marred by the sensationalist…