The headline of the New York Times issue dates August 8, 1982, read: MYSTERY ILLNESS AFFLICTS HOMOSEXUAL MEN, DEATH RATE NOW 40%. The tag “mystery disease” did not last very long.
Professor Roger Dawkins believes the much-publicised link between AIDS and homosexuality has overshadowed the relevance AIDS research could have to other, more prevalent diseases.
Australia could be the first country to isolate the AIDS virus, leading to a possible cure, according to the head of the Federal Government’s working party on AIDS, Professor David Pennington.
A $100,000 fund for research into acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) has been established by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
The Flinders Medical Centre will be conducting research into AIDS and those factors which may predispose some people to an immuno-deficiency type of disease, in collaboration with research groups in Perth and Sydney.
Melbourne scientists have begun a two-year study of 100 homosexual volunteers to try to discover the link between homosexuality and the disease Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
The project, announced yesterday, is being undertaken jointly by the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.