Aids: The Last Chance Part 1 (1986)

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A report which looks at the fears of the medical profession about the spread of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and the possible prevention methods which are available, contrasting with the public awareness campaign which is used at present. Includes discussion about pregnant women and AIDS, the ethics of compulsory testing and identity cards, the alleged dangers faced by emergency service workers and coroners, the risks of AIDS to drug addicts in Edinburgh, and the role of television in promoting safe sex and the use of condoms. A studio audience poll on some of these issues is conducted. Also includes brief footage of the drug AZT being manufactured by Wellcome. Includes an American public information commercial `Fight the Fear with Facts part-funded by California Department of Health Services 1985 on AIDS awareness, and a commercial on a new extra-strong condom, Prophyltex, produced for the THIS WEEK programme featuring `Scarlet' a shaven'headed woman in leather. There are graphics and information on the kinds of sex which doctors should say be avoided. Comments from Dr John Gallwey, Assistant Consultant Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford; Dr William Harris, Paddington Hospital; Professor Michael Adler, Middlesex Hospital; Dr Roy Robertson, a GP in Edinburgh; Dr John Seale, consultant venereologist; Tony Favell, Secretary of the Conservative Backbenchers Committee, Marie Staunton, National Council for Civil Liberties and Aidan Cotter, a Walsall coroner. Dimbleby concludes by reading a message from Sir Donald Atcheson, the Government's Chief Medical Officer, "except for women in the high risk groups there is no reason for pregnant women to be worried and consider seeking advice".

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