THREE young men have died of the deadly AIDS disease in Sydney, it was revealed…
Reported cases of AIDS in Australia were increasing at a similar rate to overseas, Professor Ron Penny said yesterday, but it was likely that a vaccine would be available this decade.
Claims that the possible cause of AIDS has been found will have to be followed by solid scientific investigation, cross-referencing and checking, according to Australian viral experts.
The chief of medicine at Fairfield Hospital, Dr Ron Lucas, is so convinced that AIDS cannot be acquired by taking the hepatitis B vaccine that he is taking it himself.
America’s leading blood banks are preparing to issue their strongest statement to date linking transfusions with AIDS.
A second case of AIDS in NSW has been confirmed, and NSW Health Department officials are attempting to track down people who have had sexual contact with the man.
BONE marrow transplants will soon be used as a method of treating severe cases of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), a Sydney doctor predicts.
Dr David Cooper, of the Department of Immunology at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, has just returned from US studies of immunology and AIDS. At a public forum on the syndrome in Sydney on Monday night, he said bone marrow transplants were a possibility for treating severe cases of the syndrome.
But Dr Cooper predicted that even if the agent responsible for AIDS were discovered, it would still not solve patients’ problems.
A deputation from the AIDS Action Committee (AAC) to the NSW Health Minister, Laurie Brereton, received a favourable hearing and resulted in a promised re-organisation of Health Department committee structures and funding for a field worker to undertake “contract tracing” of possible AIDS cases.
Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital will consider proposals to set up a special unit to treat a potentially lethal disease often associated with promiscuous homosexual men after reports of the first confirmed case in Australia.