AIDS: Spreading Mystery Disease

Archive Report

Protecting the Public

Disease Not Confined to Homosexual Men

Aids had slipped out of the media spotlight in recent months only to return in a burst of publicity with the announcement that actor Rock Hudson suffers from the often-fatal disease. Hudson became AIDS' (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) first celebrity victim, focusing new attention on its spread. While medical researchers have made strides in unlocking the secrets of the mysterious disease, there still is no treatment, much less a cure. The disease was first diagnosed in 1981 and half of the nation's 12,000 victims are already dead; most of the deaths occur within two years of diagnosis. Researchers anticipate 250,000 cases in the United States alone—and many more abroad—by 1990. And there is evidence that the disease ...

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