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1986- Thanks In Part to Media Attention, Ryan White Returns to School

Title: Media Credited in Return to School of Teen with AIDS By: Associated Press Date: October 12, 1986 Source: Indianapolis Star News coverage of the battle by young AIDS victim Ryan White to return to school educated the public about the disease but sometimes sensationalized the story.  Ryan’s mother and his former principal said Saturday. “I truly believe […]


1984: AIDS Continues to Spread Through the Hemophilia Community

Title: Update: Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in Persons with Hemophilia Date: October 26, 1984 Source: Centers for Disease Control Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Reports of hemophilia-associated acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the United States were first published in July 1982 (1). Since then, the number of U.S. patients with underlying coagulation disorders who develop AIDS has increased each […]


1985- Ryan White Banned From School Because of AIDS

Title: School bars door to youth with AIDS By: Christopher M. MacNeil  Date: August 31, 1985 Source: Kokomo Tribune The mother of a local 13-year-old AIDS patient who has been barred from attending classes at Western Middle School today accused the school administration of “running around a problem they thought they wouldn’t have to deal with” Jeanne E. […]


1983- Cutter Recalls Several Infected Lots of Factor

October 31, 1983 URGENT DRUG RECALL RE:          Konyne® Factor IX Complex (Human) Lot Product Code NC 9117 620-20 Koāte® Antihemophillic Factor (Human) Lot Product Code Lot Product Code Lot Product Code NC 8458 650-30 NC 8460 650-30 NC8461 650-30 NC 8462 650-70 NC 8470 650-30 NC 8474 650-30 NC 8475 650-20 NC 8476 650-20 […]


1983- NHF Encourages the Use of Factor Despite Risks

Note: The following is a medical bulletin received by the Delaware Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation in 1983 regarding the use of factor in the face of the AIDS epidemic. In transcribing the article, we’ve attempted to retain the source document’s formatting. To see the source document as it was sent, please look below […]


1983—CDC Holds Summit on AIDS

In January 1983, the Centers for Disease Control gathered doctors, scientists, and representatives from the pharmacological industry and the bleeding disorders community in an attempt to find the means for halting the spread of AIDS. They were unable to arrive at a conclusion. During this meeting, Dr. Donald Francis of the CDC stood up, pounded […]


1982—AIDS Discovered Among Patients with Hemophilia

Title: Epidemiologic Notes and Reports Pneumocystis carinii Pneumonia among Persons with Hemophilia A Date: July 16, 1982 Source: Centers for Disease Control Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report CDC recently received reports of three cases of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia among patients with hemophilia A and without other underlying disease. Two have died; one remains critically ill. All three were heterosexual […]


1983—Heat Treatment Found to Kill AIDS in Hemophilia Drugs

March 21, 1983 Our Reference: 82-196 Michael B. Rodell, Ph.D. Travenol Laboratories, Inc. Hyland Therapeutics Division 444 West Glenoaks Boulevard Glendale, CA. 91202 Dear Mr. Rodell: The amendment to your product license for Antihemophilic Factor (Human) to allow for an optional heat treatment of final containers has been approved. This information will be made a […]

1974: Blood Banks Begin to Screen Out Infected Blood

Title: Blood Banks To Test for Hepatitis  By: David M. Cleary  Date: November 15, 1974 Source: The Philadelphia Bulletin The chance that a recipient of a bleed transfusion will be infected with hepatitis has been sharply reduced over the past 10 years, thanks to improved methods of detecting hepatitis virus in blood supplied by donors. In the American Red […]

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