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AIDS #89596

ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 23, 1984
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(Studio) Probability that cause of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) has been discovered reported; statistics related to disease outlined.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler's announcement of both discovery of virus causing AIDS and means of mass producing it for vaccine examined; implications for AIDS victims and blood donors considered. [Health and Human Services spokesperson Dr. Edward BRANDT - hopes for benefits of discovery soon.] National Cancer Institute researcher Dr. Robert Gallo's discovery of AIDS virus, which he named HTLV-3 reviewed; disease's process in human body illustrated on screen. Incr. number AIDS cases so far this yr., predominantly among gay men, drug abusers and Haitians, discussed. [Gay Men's Health Crisis assistant director Bob CECCHI - notes current AIDS victims don't have much to rejoice over with today's announcement.] Recent French announcement of discovery of AIDS virus mentioned.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

(Studio) Item recapped at end of broadcast

Gregory, Bettina;
Jennings, Peter

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