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New AIDS test raises insurance questions

In the early 1980s doctors began noticing rare cancers and infections striking otherwise healthy young gay men. Something was destroying their immune systems — something fatal and possibly contagious. At first it was called the 'gay plague.' Then others began dying: Haitians, intravenous drug users, hemophiliacs and heterosexuals. Fear, confusion and prejudice reigned as the disease eventually known as AIDS grew from a mystery to an epidemic. This topic contains discussion of a sexual nature. The medical information in the clips was believed accurate at the time of broadcast, but may have changed.

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 Insurance companies could require controversial antibody test, possibly encouraging discrimination.

Medium: Television
Program: Newshour
Broadcast Date: Nov. 27, 1985
Reporter: Jay-Dell Mah
Duration: 2:26

Last updated: November 30, 2012

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