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Special Assignment (AIDS: Facts and Fears) (Part II) #98595

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 24, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Boston, Massachusetts) Facts and myths surrounding transmission of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) examined in detail; scenes shown. [Dr. Michael LANGE, Dr. Anthony FAUCI - note virulence of AIDS.] [Dr. James MASON - cites inability to contract disease through casual contact.] Findings on transmission of AIDS so far listed on screen, explained. [MASON - notes virus' weakness outside human body.] Percentage of adult AIDS occurring among male homosexuals explained, illustrated; occurrence among heterosexuals, bisexuals and prostitutes considered. [MASON - explains implications for sexual relations] AIDS occurrence among intravenous drug users discussed. [MASON - can't absolutely guarantee disease won't be contracted through casual contact but reiterates unlikelihood of same.]
REPORTER: Dr. Timothy Johnson

Jennings, Peter;
Johnson, Tim

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