AIDS suspects watched

The Courier-Mail, 19 July 1983.

THERE were no confirmed cases of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome in Queensland, the Health Minister, Mr Austin, said yesterday.

He said the Health Department had investigatedĀ four suspected cases and eliminated two as most unlikely. The other two were still being monitored and would be for some months.

A Health Department spokesman said immune deficiency symptoms were not unique to AIDS. Some homosexuals suffering other conditions, including venereal disease, also had damaged
immune systems.

He denied a report that the two being monitored had an 80 percent chance of having the disease. “They are possible sufferers while the others are improbable AIDS sufferers,” he said.


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