New US-related AIDS case in Melbourne

A case of AIDS has been confirmed by doctors at Melbourne’s St Vincent’s hospital. At the time of going to press it is believed that the announcement of an additional fourth case at Prince Henry’s is imminent.

October 19th,1983 1983, Outrage

Second Victorian has AIDS

A Victorian man is critically ill in St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome — AIDS. It is only the third life-threatening case of the disease to be diagnosed in an Australian, and appears to be closely, following the pattern that led to the death of a man in Prince Henry’s Hospital in July.

September 24th,1983 1983, The Age

‘Gays are always thought of as dirty’

“We were starting to be treated like ordinary human beings. People were finally realising that apart from our sexual preference, we’re just like everyone else. I now find an incredible number of mis-informed straight people who feel that by social contact with me they could get AIDS…”

September 3rd,1983 1983, The Age

AIDS sets the clock back for homosexuals

There have been two definite cases of AIDS diagnosed in Australia — both contracted overseas — and one or two possible cases. Yet such is the fascination with the syndrome that it has become the new buzz-word in Australian society.

September 3rd,1983 The Age

Victorian gays act on AIDS

The Victorian AIDS Action Committee (VAAC) was established at a public meeting in Melbourne on 12 July. Over seventy people attended the meeting at the Laird O’Cockpen Hotel, to which all gay groups in Victoria had been invited.

August 1st,1983 1983, Outrage

Women and AIDS

On Tuesday July 12 a public meeting was held in Melbourne to discuss organising around the AIDS issue. I was the only woman present at that meeting. In May I attended a public meeting at the Sydney Gay Community Centre to discuss similar issues, with particular emphasis on how to deal with the blood bank. There, too, I was the lone lesbian voice.

August 1st,1983 1983, Outrage

Epidemic of fear

First, if you lead a normal sex life, either heterosexual or homosexual, AIDS is probably no threat to you. Only the very promiscuous seem afflicted, apart from those one-in-ten-million chances we all run in our day-to-day lives.

July 16th,1983 1983, Herald (Melbourne)

Gay life turns sour

LIKE most Melbourne homosexuals, “Bill” is sick and tired of hearing about AIDS. Bill’s concern stems not from fear of catching the mysterious, newly-discovered disease but because it threatens to prejudice Australia’s relaxed attitudes to homosexuals.

July 16th,1983 1983, Herald (Melbourne)

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