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CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 20, 1985
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(Studio) Latest research findings on United States epidemic of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), published in "New England Journal of Medicine", outlined on screen, discussed.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Psychological impact on hemophiliacs of fear of contracting AIDS through blood transfusions examined; Bill Balban's case cited as example [BALBAN - describes coping with dual illness.] High risk AIDS groups urged not to donate blood listed; implications of new blood test to determine AIDS' presence in blood noted. [American Red Cross spokesperson Dr. Lewellys BARKER - feels test will enhance safety of blood transfusions.] [New York City health commissioner Dr. David SENCER - notes meaning of test results.] [Dr. Paul VOLBERDING - anticipates large number false test results.] Concern over social and psychological ramifications of positive test results discussed. [MAN - lists economy and soc. consequences risked by taking the test.] [Red Cross spokesperson Dr. Frans PEETOOM - feels test has left potential victims without help; explains.] Role of pols. in controversial introduction of test explained.
REPORTER: Lem Tucker

Rather, Dan;
Tucker, Lem

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