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AIDS / History / Rayford Case #106538

ABC Evening News for Monday, Nov 02, 1987
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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.

Jennings, Peter;
Strait, George

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