Media ID 0177-B
John Clements and Bruce Burnett talk about AIDS, television reports on AIDS infections in the US, report on Homosexual Law Reform petition (1985)
Bruce Burnett, John Clements
Sound quality – recorded off radio and television
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1ZB Auckland interview with John Clements and Bruce Burnett
Five cases in New Zealand.. at present there is no cure or vaccine.. incubation period of up to five years..
John Clements – description of what AIDS is .. opportunistic infections.. it looks like it has come from Africa
Bruce Burnett – there are various forms of AIDS.. impaired immunity.. it’s only 10% of infected people that will get the full-blown form .. we can’t define the disease as such.. AIDS is diagnosed by excluding all other possibilities
Clements – research problems.. we don’t know if this common or not
Burnett – Symptoms of AIDS .. physical signs.. general symptoms
Clements – it’s been a very difficult disease to get a handle on.. defined by a process of exclusion.. The current AIDS test is for the antibody .. it’s not currently available in New Zealand.. it only tells you if you’ve met the virus.. Blood transfusion services ..
Burnett – however not all people develop antibodies.. The greatest effort is making people aware that if they think they may be at risk not to give blood.. haemophiliacs..
Clements – it’s not known if people can recover from AIDS. The majority of people who meet the virus will not get AIDS
Clements – blood and semen are the two agents that transmit AIDS
Burnett - it may infact just be blood .. so you can’t get it off the toilet seat.. what about kissing someone.. we can’t say saliva.. The major area is sexual transmission
Why are homosexuals getting it so much more?
Burnett – Gay men in New York were one of the first groups to encounter AIDS.. young males who are highly mobile.. the gay community overseas is quite separate (gay ghettos).. Long incubation periods mean it has been spread without knowing it.. it’s brought a lot of prejudice..
AIDS has an incubation period of up to five years..
Clements – Tuberculosis – example of virus spreading..
Burnett – this disease could have been simmering in Africa for decades.. It can be contained and prevented in New Zealand.. we have warning..
Clements – it looks like most of the at risk groups overseas are likely to get AIDS because of this five year lag period.. but that doesn’t necessarily go for New Zealand..
Burnett – we haven’t had our first home grown cases yet.. We may be able to limit it.. we need a mass education campaign.. safe sex
Clements – who should be thinking about their sexual practises.. I don’t believe many people think they’re at risk .. people deny to themselves.. Once might be enough
Fawlty Towers (BBC) excerpt
Psychiatrist skit.. everything’s connected with sex.. How often do you manage it.. Holiday’s and sex..
Television One News
AIDS cases doubling every nine months in the US.. The epidemic shows no signs of slowing .. there is concern that it will spread to the general population.. it may be transmitted via saliva.. This is a public health disaster.. 300-400,000 infected.. A new test tests for AIDS antibodies.. Those testing positive may be persecuted.. We’re in a war against AIDS now
Auckland’s gay community laughs off Norm Jones petition against Homosexual Law Reform.. Auckland has a high proportion of gay people.. What would be the reaction to Mr Jones taking around a petition.. The Bill has passed it’s first stage and will now go before a Select Committee