No need for hysteria

AUSTRALIAN society should be careful not to succumb to a sense of hysteria about … AIDS. Even though Australia now has its first death from AIDS, there is, quite clearly, the possibility … of a significant presence in the community. But we have by no means reached the situation where AIDS should be regarded as the modern equivalent of a medieval plague. We are not facing a 20th century Black Death.” — editorial in The Australian, 28 June 1983.

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Australia's response to the AIDS epidemic, in real time, 30 years on.
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