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ABC Evening News for
Monday, Nov 02, 1987

Headline: AIDS / History / Rayford Case

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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Saint Louis, Missouri: George Strait) Presence of AIDS in United States as early as 1969 in medical case of Robert Rayford reported [Mother Constance RAYFORD, brother George RAYFORD - discuss Robert's illness.] [Microbiologist Memory ELVIN-LEWIS - discusses case.] Death certificate shown. [Pathologist Dr. William DRAKE - says autopsy found Kaposi's sarcoma.] Case noted seeming to be AIDS. [DRAKE - says AIDS seems to be present earlier than we imagined.] [ELVIN- LEWIS - explains saving samples of Rayford's blood and tissue.] Family's response to these revelations detailed.[Constance RAYFORD - says everyone loved son.] History of AIDS virus discussed. [National Cancer Institute Robert GALLO - says current lifestyles made a rare virus more concentrated.] Other earlier possible AIDS cases noted in England in 1959, Chicago, Illinois, in 1961, New York City in 1975. Dilemma of how little scientists really know about AIDS noted.

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Program Time:05:50:40 pm - 05:54:00 pm. Duration: 03:20
Reporters:Jennings, Peter; Strait, George
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Broadcast Type:Evening News Segment Type: News Content
Record Number:106538