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AUstralia Considers Drastic Measures to Fight AIDS


Canberra--An AIDS policy proposal under consideration in AUstralia would require testing of every member of the population and permanent quarantining of anyone who tests positive for the virus. The proposal, presented to parliament by the Health Minister, is an attempt to develop a national strategy to curb the spread of AIDS, which has caused the death of 540 AUstralians in the past 5 years. The nationwide testing program would cost approximately $860 million, said the proposal. According to the Green Paper, the absence of effective treatment for AIDS is justification for quarantine for the entire life of the patient. Included in the measure are easy access to abortion for infected women, early release from prison for prisoners suffering from the disease, and welfare benefits for AIDS patients. Estimates of the number of people in AUstralia infected with AIDS ranges from 10,000 to 40,000.


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