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Seguin Gazette Enterprise (Newspaper) - July 26, 1985, Seguin, Texas The Seguin GazetteEnterprise Friday July Page 3 A r w vww Rock Hudson confirms that he has AIDS By ELAINE GANLEY Associated Press Writer PARIS AP Prom his Paris hospital bed film and television star Rock Hudson decided to go public with the news that he is suffering from the usually deadly disease AIDS says his spokeswoman Yanou Collart who also is a per sonal friend of Hudson said Thur scjay that he had been diagnosed more than a year ago as having AIDS acquired immune deficiency syndrome Doctors at the American Hospital of Paris also have discovered liver abnormalities that have not yet been diagnosed she said The 59yearold Hudsons imposing stature strong presence and good looks made him a natural choice to star opposite some of Hollywoods leading ladies in an acting career that began in 1948 and included more than 50 epics dramas Westerns and comedies He decided to make it Miss Collart told The Associated Press I think what he did today shows what kind of person he Miss Collart said Hudson reviewed a statement on his condition with her in his hospital room before she read it to reporters The disease is most likely to afflict homosexuals abusers of injectable drugs and hemophiliacs It ap parently is spread by sexual contact contaminated needles and blood transfusions but not by casual contact AIDS is an affliction in which the bodys immune system becomes unable to resist disease AIDS can go into remission but there is no known cure Asked if Hudson knew how he contracted the disease Miss Collart said He doesnt have any idea of how he contracted AIDS Nobody around him has Doctors say French drug is no cure ByPAULRAEBURN AP Science Editor NEW YORK AP American doctors say an experimental AIDS drug being tested in France is no better than drugs under investigation in the United States even though many American AIDS patients have gone to France for treatment On Thursday Rock Hudsons Beverly Hills Calif doctor Rexford Kennamer said Hudson had seen doctors at the Pasteur Institute in Paris which has been treating American AIDS victims Ron Najman spokesman for the National Gay Task Force in New York said that at least 15 Americans are being treated for AIDS at the Pasteur Institute and that many other Americans have gone there for treatment and returned Dr Samuel Broder chief of the clinical oncology program of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda said Thursday that two drugs including the French drug can reduce the amount of AIDS virus in the bloodstream of patients but cannot consistently improve patients health Broder a specialist on ex perimental AIDS treatments said he was not familiar with Hudsons case and could not comment on it Dr Anthony Fauci director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda said the French drug HPA 23 may have more dangerous side ef fects than a drug Fauci is studying called suramin 4 There really is no indication at all that it HPA 23 is any better and its considerably more toxic theres no question about he said HPA 23 causes a drop in the levels of blood cells called platelets which in turn can lead to bleeding disorders he said HPA 23 is not yet available for human tests in the United States Broder said In February Jean Claude Cher mann of Pasteur one of the drugs developers reported in New York that the drug had caused the AIDS virus to nearly disappear in the blood of a young hemophiliac Chermann emphasized that the drug does not kill the AIDS virus nor can it be called in any sense a cure Researchers in France have not said whether Hudson is receiving the drug Broder said some 40 patients have now received suramin but not enough evidence has yet been gathered to determine its fectiveness Both suramin and HPA 23 he said inhibit the virus but to date we cant say that they get rid of the virus from the ATTENTION SINGLES Ideal concept for who want to have an affordable home Zero to down pn home Mpnthly payment cut in half dont need high salary No credit needed in some cases Regal Realty Dr Willy Rozembaum of Parts La PiUeSalpetrlere Hospital said earlier this week that the mortality rate for AIDS is 84 percent but that we have many sick with AIDS and who have been in total remission for three However a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta Charles Fallis said We know of no patient who has regained the total strength of their depleted immune system Weve observed that AIDS is almost always The victims immune system Is further weakened with each new infection to the point where they eventually Failfs said The American Hospital was unaware of the AIDS diagnosis when it began testing Hudson but found abnormalities in the either suspected to be caused by an in fectious problem or were consistent with metastatic liver or cancer according to Miss Collarts statement She said a biopsy would be conducted when Hudson was stronger Hudsons publicist said In Beverly Hills on Thursday that the movie star was feeling better Hes lucid Hes talking Hes joking Hes feeling much better and is in quite good said Dale Olson Hudson came to Paris to consult with an AIDS specialist Miss Collarts statement said Miss Collart said Hudson received hundreds of telegrams and phone calls from wellwishers on Thursday Mr Hudson doesnt have any family alive Thank God he has a lot of she said The American Hospital refused all comment on Miss Collarts statement as did Hudsons Los Angeles physician Jeffrey Helfln stein After making the statement Thursday afternoon Miss Collart originally said Hudson had been cured of AIDS Later she said there flad been a misinterpretation and added Mr Hudson has Groups involved with the disease said Thursday they hoped Hudsons announcement would help dispel myths about the disease and en courage public discussion Fear and confusion over how the disease spreads might be cleared up if the news about Hudson puts the public spotlight on the disease said Ron Najman of the National Gay Task Force AIDS had struck Americans as of Monday and killed half of them according to the federal Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta Seventy three percent of victims are gay or bisexual men i percent are in travenous drug users 1 percent are hemophiliacs and others fall into other categories according to the CDC OXFORD SHIRTS SKIRTS TROUSERS SPECIAL PURCHASE JR SHIRTS TWILL PANTS SKIRTS Long sleeve junior shirts Oxford cloth style with long sleeve buttondown collar style Sizes Twill trouser pants skirts in sizes 3 to 13 Hurry in today and choose several BEALLS PRICE MENS LEVIS JEANS Mens bootcut or straightleg jeans Famous fitting Levis denim jeans of 100 cotton Enjoy the traditional quality and styling of Levis in waist sizes 2742 Shop now for best selection 50 OFF REG PLAYTEX BRAS Playtex white bras BCD and DD cups Included 18 Hour1 Nobodys and Thank Goodness It Not all styles sizes in all stores BEALLS PRICE JUNIOR TOPS Great selection of 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