First heterosexual AIDS victim diagnosed

The Australian, 6 July 1983:

A THIRD Victorian victim of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) has been diagnosed in Melbourne. The latest sufferer, aged 43, is believed to be heterosexual, and is understood to be the first non-homosexual in Australia to contract the disease. […]

The acting director of the NSW Health Department, Dr Trevor King, said yesterday he believed his department could cope with the present AIDS situation. However he said the tracing of homosexual contact was proving difficult. […]

Dr King said legislation requiring the registration of AIDS victims was being drawn up, but in the meantime the Department of Health, with its federal counterpart, had an informal system of notification of likely AIDS victims. […]

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