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AIDS #98140

ABC Evening News for Friday, Aug 30, 1985
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(Studio) Pentagon reported beginning tests for acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS); public's increase paranoia over disease noted. Facts known about AIDS so far outlined on screen, discussed.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(DC) Pentagon's mandatory screening program examined. [Assistant defense secretary for health affairs Dr. William MAYER - defs. program.] Opposition by gay community cited. [AIDS Project spokesperson Luis MAURA - fears program will be used to discriminate.] [MAYER - responds.]
REPORTER: Dean Reynolds

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(NYC) Impact of society's paranoia about AIDS on children with the disease thought illustrated by school systems' ban on such victims; scenes shown. [Diana GRASSO, Ann ALBRECHT, Bill SAMPLE - oppose having their children attend school with AIDS patients.] Queens school district noted considering ban on AIDS victims in the classroom despite Ctrs. for Disease Control's recommendations to the contrary; details given. [CDC spokesperson Dr. Martha ROGERS - cites lack of basis of parents' fears.] NYC reported banning AIDS children in Head Start or day care programs and considering fate of 7 New York City children with AIDS. [Queens school board spokesperson Samuel GRANIRER - anticipates mass hysteria due to parents' ignorance if AIDS child entered school.] [PARENT, TEACHER - feel paranoia is irrational.]
REPORTER: Lynn Sherr

Koppel, Ted;
Reynolds, Dean;
Sherr, Lynn

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