AIDS: Fear versus the reassuring facts

The risk of AIDS transmission through blood products has been minimised in Australia by excluding high risk subjects from donating blood, says Professor David Penington.

“As our blood transfusion service depends entirely upon very responsible volunteers, we are in a very different situation from that of the United States with its paid donors,” he said. “There is no practical risk to patients requiring regular transfusion of blood products in Australia.” — The Herald (Melbourne), 4 Aug 1983, p 24.

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