First Aust. AIDS death

Sunday Mail (Brisbane), 10 July 1983, p 3:

MELBOURNE. — A man. 43, has died in a Melbourne Hospital of the incurable AIDS disease.

Health officials and a spokesman at the Prince Henry’s Hospital said the man died on Friday, but they would not confirm this until yesterday afternoon.

The man, who was visiting from the United States, was the first person in Australia to die of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

Health officials said the dead man, a heterosexual, arrived from the United States in April and became ill about two weeks ago.

A senior health official with the Victorian Health Commission, Dr Graham Rouch, said last week the case was apparently the first not involving a homosexual in Australia.

Dr Rouch said it appeared that this case might have been related to heterosexual activity on the west coast of the United States.

About 70 percent of AIDS victims in America have been male homosexuals.

The disease, which, in its correctly defined form, kills about half of its victims, has been responsible for more than 400 deaths in the United States..


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