AIDS kills its first Australian victim

The Australian, 28 June 1983:

Acquired immune deficiency syndrome has claimed its first Australian life, a Sydney doctor confirmed last night.

The vice-president of the Venereology Society of NSW, Dr Harry Michelmore, would not name the victim, who he said died in the United States within the past few weeks. […]

Dr Michelmore said last night he believed he had another 11 possible AIDS sufferers under investigation.

“Their lives are not threatened at the moment,” he said. “My belief is that most people who catch the AIDS virus will probably survive. For every death, 10 will probably survive.”

Also: ‘AIDS kills Australian‘, Courier-Mail, 28 June 1983; ‘AIDS kills tourist‘, The Sun (Melbourne), 28 June 1983.

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