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.
The Federal Government has granted $80,000 to set up a joint Melbourne-Sydney medical group to research AIDS.
Australia could make an important contribution to research on the spread of AIDS, the director of the Centre for Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, Dr Walter Dowdle, said in Melbourne yesterday.
The announcement by two separate medical organisations in two separate countries within days which other that they have discovered the cause of AIDS provided a welcome ray of hope in an otherwise continuing gloomy story of the destructive path of AIDS.
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.
Dr James Mason, the head of the Federal Centres for Disease Control, said yesterday he believed a virus discovered in France was the cause of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).