AIDS victim reported to be near death

Sydney Morning Herald, 9 July 1983, p 2:

MELBOURNE. — A man suffering from acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) was believed to he near death in a Melbourne hospital last night.

The man, 43, who has been a patient at Prince Henry’s Hospital for several weeks, had lived in the United States for several years before falling seriously ill on a visit to Melbourne earlier this year.

Officials of the hospital and the Health Commission refused to comment on the case yesterday. But medical sources have told The Age that the man was suffering overwhelming infection, and was in the terminal state of the disease.

There have been no deaths from AIDS reported in Australia so far, though it was reported last month that an Australian had died from the disease in Canada.

A Health Commission official said earlier this week that the Prince Henry’s patient appeared to be a heterosexual, but this could not be confirmed yesterday. There have been no other cases of AIDS involving non-homosexuals reported in Australia.

The Age, 9 July 1983, p 3:

A man suffering acquired immune deficiency syndrome was believed to be near death in a Melbourne hospital last night.

The man, 43, who has been a patient at Prince Henry’s Hospital for several weeks had lived in the United States for several years before falling seriously ill on a visit to Melbourne earlier this year.

Hospital and Health Commission officials refused to comment on the case yesterday. But medical sources have told The Age that the man was suffering overwhelming infection and was in the terminal stage of the disease.

There have been no deaths from AIDS reported In Australia, but It was reported last month that an Australian had died from the disease in the United States.

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