Media ID 0018-B
News item on the introduction of AZT (AIDS drug), ‘Dedication of the Bathhouse’ (1987, radio play), interview with a mother whose son died of AIDS, and an interview with George Salmond on AIDS (ca 1987) and the World Health Organization
Brett Harston, David Hindley, George Salmond, Ian Kember, Phil Parkinson, unidentified speakers
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News item on the introduction of AZT / Retrovir to New Zealand
Permission to market Retrovir in New Zealand is expected any day now.. only enough in the country for ten AIDS victims..
Gay BC (1987) – Access Radio, Wellington
Notice board: Gay and Lesbian Dance.. A Death in the Family – Wellington premiere screening.. Gay Switchboard.. in next weeks programme - gay investments.. requests for feedback
‘Dedication of the [Wakefield] Bathhouse' a radio play by Phil Parkinson, starring David Hindley, Brett Harston, Phil Parkinson, and Ian Kember (?)
The celebrant welcomes..
And Jacob went out from Beersheba ..
Father Immaculate Deception..
Homily .. history of bathhouses in Wellington..
Let us sing..
Gay BC theme
Commercial radio interview with a mother whose son died of AIDS.
My son found that he had the AIDS antibodies about 18 months ago.. I’m doing this talk very reluctantly .. New Zealanders have a chance to stop the spread of AIDS
My first reaction was to read all I could about it.. support for my son.. family support.. we have a very close relationship.. he had contracted quite a serious illness.. they took him to hospital and had a blood test.
Two ways of contracting it - sexually or through blood
His reaction was to try and form support groups.. support from family.. there were no drugs to help him.. I’ve had wonderful support from doctors and nurses..
Our instinctive reaction was not to tell anyone.. I had him at home right to the end.. they waste away.. in Africa it is called the wasting disease.. for any mother .. give them all the support they can..
If you know of someone who has it.. in the early stages, go to your doctor.. no cure.. mental peace..
I live in a remote area .. in the latter stages it is very distressing
Interview with George Salmond on AIDS and the World Health Organization (ca 1987, National Programme)
WHO has already elected to spend 65 Million dollars on AIDS..
Salmond – there’s enormous concern about AIDS.. 50,000 notified cases.. expectation is that there is over 100,000 cases of AIDS now.. 5 – 10 million people in the world are affected by the disease..
Salmond – prevention .. changing sexual behaviour.. safe sex.. blood products.. intravenous drug users..
Salmond – what we have done is very similar to what is happening elsewhere.. we’re a year-or-so behind them in terms of the rate of increase of AIDS.. we’ve had 40 cases of AIDS now.. we can expect to have 500 cases by 1991.. most of the AIDS cases are in the US..
Salmond – gathering knowledge.. and then apply it to our own policy.. high profile campaigns.. most affected are in the 15-45 age group..
Salmond – learning a great deal more about the AIDS virus.. nobody is predicting a vaccine within the next five years.. drug treatments AZT is a palliative drug..$16-$18,000 per-person per-year for AZT..
Salmond – lack of funding.. WHO money will have to be taken from other health programmes..
Salmond – some of the poorer countries are concerned that some of the resources may be diverted to the AIDS programme