The reported incidence of venereal diseases in Melbourne has dropped sharply, provoking speculation that the fear of contracting AIDS has caused a decline in promiscuity.
The State Health Minister, Mr Roper, is likely soon to meet representatives of the Victorian AIDS action committee. The committee has criticised the Minister for failing to meet it.
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.
The Age, 12 Jul 1983, p 5: Health officials were not expecting a big increase…
The State Health Minister, Mr Roper, today tried to dampen “hysteria” about AIDS. He was commenting on Australia’s first suspected death from the disease at the weekend.
Prince Henry’s Hospital is expected to seek advice from American authorities on acquired immune deficiency syndrome…
Medical authorities hope to freeze some of the body tissue of a 43-year-old man who died at Prince Henry’s Hospital on Friday with suspected AIDS. Identified only as Milton, the man is believed to be the first person in Australia to have died with Acquired Immunity Deficiency Syndrome. He had been a patient at the hospital for several weeks.