Call for national taskforce as 19 AIDS cases feared

The Australian, 27 June 1983:

A call for a national symposium of doctors to discuss acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) has been made by Sydney’s homosexuals following the disclosure of at least 19 suspected cases of the incurable and generally fatal illness in Australia.

The recently-established five-man AIDS action committee, representing the homosexual community, decided on the move yesterday at a meeting to discuss the figures. […]

Mr Terry Goulden, a spokesman for the Sydney AIDS action committee, said he believed a national conference of doctors to discuss AIDS could help to stop “the panic over the disease”.

Mr Goulden said the committee had formed a delegation to talk to the Federal Minister for Health, Dr Neil Blewett.

The committee, which says it represents about 500,000 gay people in NSW, described as “silly and absurd” proposals by the Festival of Light Director, Rev Fred Nile, to close all gay bars, discos and saunas.

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