AIDS fear cuts blood donations

Reserves of blood are critically low — and officials believe it may be because of public fear over AIDS. “The Red Cross Blood Bank would like to reassure the public that there is no risk whatever of contracting AIDS in attending the Blood Bank or giving blood,” said the director of the service.

A Blood Bank spokesman, Mrs Jenny Walkowsky, said Blood Bank workers handing out leaflets urging people to give blood had encountered the response “I’m not going to give blood because I’ll catch AIDS.” — The Herald (Melbourne), 21 July 1983, p 2.

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