Red Cross Blood Bank

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

AIDS fear cuts blood donations

Reserves of blood are critically low — and officials believe it may be because of public fear over AIDS. “The Red Cross Blood Bank would like to reassure the public that there is no risk whatever of contracting AIDS in attending the Blood Bank or giving blood,” said the director of the service.

July 21st,1983 1983, Herald (Melbourne)

AIDS: new theories, more panic

“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.”

July 17th,1983 1983, Outrage

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