Second Victorian has AIDS

The Age, 24 September 1983, p 4:

A Victorian man is critically ill in St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome — AIDS.

It is only the third life-threatening case of the disease to be diagnosed in an Australian, and appears to be closely following the pattern that led to the death of a man in Prince Henry’s Hospital in July.

The other case was that of a middle-aged man who died in the United States earlier this year.

Dr Jim Griffin, the medical director of St Vincent’s, confirmed yesterday that the man had been in hospital for two weeks.

“We have in the hospital a man who, on the basis of clinical findings and blood tests that have been done, has a condition that is consistent with a diagnosis of AIDS,” Dr Griffin said. “That is all I am prepared to say on the clinical situation.” […]

Mr Adam Carr. a spokesman for the Victorian AIDS Action Committee, said last night that the latest news was very distressing. However, he said the lack of information about the case made it impossible to assess its significance at this stage.

“We don’t know whether this in a home-grown case or whether it was picked up overseas.” Mr Carr said.

Also:  AIDS suspect ‘not well’ – The Herald (Melbourne), 24 Sep 1983, p 10.

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