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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 24, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Blood banks implement AIDS test By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Blood banks across the nation have begun using a screening test designed to protect blood sup plies from contamination by the virus suspected of causing as the first results show just a few positive readings among thousands of blood samples Health official blame at least 113 cases of acquiredximmune deficiency syndrome on transfused The disease destroys the immune leaving the body vulnerable to other and is most common among male homosexuals and abusers of injectable Nearly half the cases of AIDS reported in this country have been Secretary of Health and Human Services Margaret Heckler has said the which detects antibodies to the virus assures a higher level of safety for our nations blood But the test is not completely with false negative readings reported in a small per centage of cases where people ac tually carry the Critics have charged that some people in high risk groups will have their blood tested because they suspect they may have and that some of their blood will slip through the test and further contaminate the blood In an effort to discourage people from donating blood just to learn their test most blood banks say they will delay notifying donors with positive That policy has brought protests in Detroit and threats of picketing in New but blood bank officials say most gay rights groups have been either ambivalent about or supportive of the testing while waiting for separate diagnostic screenings to be set up in many The test doesnt tell a person whether they have AIDS or This is not a diagnostic said Red Cross spokeswoman Christine Gray in where testing on donated blood began March What the approved by the federal Food and Drug Ad ministration early this does show is that a donor has been ex posed to the HTLVIII believed to cause and has developed antibodies to Scientists have not determined what percentage of people with the antibodies may eventually show symptoms of When a test is officials the sample is retested and the blood is Its just another safeguarding said Diane a spokeswoman for the Southeastern AIDs cases Cumulative totals In thousands 225 200 175 150 125 100 75 50 25 0 1981 82 83 84 estimate NIH estimates Chicago Tribune Chart Source Centers for Disease Control and National Institu tes of Health New Braunf els March 7A Reagan preparing for Germany visit Pennsylvania Chapter of the technicians were being trained American Red whose perform the test last to WASHINGTON AP Two ex perts on Gerrrtany say they support President Reagans decision not to visit a former concentration camp in an effort to avoid reawakening the memories when he visits that country in But a German official said Reagan was about 10 million people off the mark when he asserted at a news conference Thursday night that in few alive remember the Hans deputy director of the German Information the New York City office of the German Embassy information said that as of the end of there were million people alive in Germany who were at least 20 years old in the year World War II Reagan will visit Germany in early just before the 40th annivesary of Germanys World War II Helmut guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and former National Security Council said the Soviets would like the event to drive the Germans and Americans Such a rift would aid the Soviet campaign against European nuclear missile deployment and Reagans strategic defense or Star Wars he I think the decision is a wise said a German Its a good idea to use the occasion to stress the positive rather than the to think of that not so much as a commemoration of the disasters of David executive director of the American Council on a GermanAmerican friendship group in New York also praised Reagans Weve gone through the issue of VE he referring to the day the surrender of Germany was It does mark the beginning of a new era for Ger Korty years ago one could not have envisaged the kind of relations we have with the Klein What is remarkable is what has been achieved out of those At last Thursdays news con Reagan was asked why he decided against visiting the site of a Nazi concentrator He said I feel very strongly that this time in commemorating the end of that great that instead of reawakening the memories and so and the passions of the that maybe we should observe this day as the day 40 years peace began because we now find ourselves allied and friends of the countries that we once fought Reagan also referred to the Ger man people and said there are very few alive that remember even the and certainly none of them who were adults and participating in any and the they they have a and a guilt feeling thats been imposed upon and I just think its I think they should be recognized for the democracy that theyve created and the democratic principles they now Dead crewmen found on Chinese torpedo boat in Yellow Sea South Korea AP A Chinese torpedo boat with six dead crewmen aboard and two others wounded by gunfire was found adrift in the Yellow in South Korean the Defense Ministry said Qualified sources in Seoul and who spoke on condition of said that fighting broke out when some sailors sought to but South Korean officials said the seamen were killed in a simple The boat was towed to the island of 46 miles west of the Defense Ministry The two wounded men were taken to a hospital for The Nationalist Chinese government on Taiwan offered them Negotiations for the return of the boat and crew were reported under way between South Korean and Chinese officials in Hong The two enemies in the 1950 53 Korean have no diplomatic A source in who spoke on condition he not be said the 45ton hydrofoil was carrying a crew of What happened to the other 11 crewmen was not The vessel was identified in South Korean government photographs as 3213 in the Huchuan According to Janes Fighting Huchuanclass boats have a top speed of 55 knots and a 500mile South Koreas information Lee said that a meeting of govern ment ministers had based on facts so far that the casualties aboard the Chinese torpedo boat were due to a simple scuffle among the crewmen and that no political reason was Lees statement As the same tor pedo boat developed engine trouble during the scuffle and began to the boat sent signals requesting rescue by sending Officials said a South Korean fishing boat sighted the vessel late Friday near the island of off the southwestern tip of the Korean and it was put under The sources in Seoul and Tokyo said violence broke out aboard the torpedo boat when some crew sought to defect to One described it as some kind of Sources close to the Taiwanese Embassy in Seoul said as many as five sailors may have been involved in an attempt to There was no comment from government officials in Peking or The South Korean Defense Ministry said three Chinese navy apparently searching for the drifting intruded into South Korean waters early Saturday and were driven away with a demonstration of A Foreign Ministry spokesman said a strong protest was filed with In a Foreign Ministry statement said the patrol boat and Chinese navaj vessels looking for it entered Korean waters The statement said the search craft left as soon as they realized their location and that no incident took Syria pledges to help Gemayel Lebanon AP Syria renewed its pledge Saturday to help Lebanese President Amin Gemayel put down a proIsraeli revolt among his fellow an official Syrian spokesman In another Shiite Moslem leader Nabih Berri accused Israeli agents of the recent kid nappings of foreigners in Moslem west The new Syrian promise came after nearly five hours of meetings in Damascus between Gemayel and President Hafez Gemayel met Assad then the two were joined by Vice President Abdul Halim Syrias expert on and Foreign Minister Assads Jibran said Assad renewed Syrias pledge to stand firmly sup porting the Lebanese especially in efforts to get the Israeli invaders and to safeguard Lebanons unity and Kourieh said Assad and Gemayel had discussed the rebellion in apparently referring to the revolt in the Christian Lebanese Forces militia against Gemayels proSyrian Samir leader of the has close ties with In the previous 12 men under his command have taken control of most of the Christian areas of Lebanon and have demanded a greater say in government Syria has moved troops and armor to the fringes of the area controlled by Geageas but there have been no Beirut Radio and the Sunni Moslem Voice of the Nation station said Saturday that officials of the Geagea rebellion had met in southern Lebanon with Ariel an Israeli Cabinet member as defense minister in planned Israels invasion of Israel Radio said Friday that Sharon visited Israeli army camps in but made no mention of a meeting with the Lebanese who had supported the In leader of the largest Shiite and a Lebanese Cabinet claimed at a news conference that neither Moslems nor people seeking a true jihad Arabic for holy war were responsible for the disappearance of six Westerners since March Among those missing is Terry chief Middle East correspondent for The Associated In my it is a plot with the Israelis to withdraw all the establishments or the embassies from west Berri It is a big and today I will open that fight against those people who pretend they are from Islam in my they are Israeli Saturday is the Jewish and no Israeli comment on Berris claims was immediately COLOR YME Sforl ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL crtcme r Make the Graduates dream come 10 down will hold your Layaway 90 days same as cash COMPLETE LINE OF WATERBEDS all for ONE LOW PRICE starting per week 6 Hour VHS to record your favorite programs II N Walnut New Braunfels 6253634 No Membership Required MOVIE RATES per day 2 or more each RENTAL per day per movie SPECIAL FIRST WEEKS RENT only For All Appliances And Stereos Regular Rates After First Week No Creditors Checked No Long Term 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