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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2007 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
'DO I have AIDS?" Sixteen-year-old Alexander Ghaffari was eating breakfast, getting ready for school, when he put the question to his mother. It wasn't a charged or dreaded moment. He can't even remember what prompted him to ask. Maybe he'd overheard someone talking about it, although he doesn't think so. More likely it was all the visits to infectious-disease specialists or the fistful of pills he took twice a day. But Ghaffari, now 25, remembers well what followed. "She said, 'Yes,' " he said.
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NEWS
December 12, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The new government of Prime Minister John Major agreed to give compensation to hemophiliacs infected with the AIDS virus through blood transfusions given by the National Health Service. It was a reversal of the policies of Margaret Thatcher. The decision brings Britain into line with compensation plans adopted overseas. Under Thatcher, the government had contended there was no negligence and, therefore, no legal responsibility for the accidental infections.
NEWS
May 15, 1985 | United Press International
The AIDS virus can remain in a person's body for five years or longer without producing disease although it can still be transmitted to other people, doctors at the Centers for Disease Control said today. The findings indicate that simply because a person who was exposed to the virus years ago has not shown any symptoms of the disease does not mean he or she cannot infect someone else.
NEWS
January 13, 1985 | United Press International
An antibody test can detect evidence in blood of exposure to AIDS, and should be available commercially within a few weeks, researchers say. Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret M. Heckler said the widespread use of the new test by blood banks should prevent the spread of acquired immune deficiency syndrome to persons requiring blood transfusions. Scientists at the government's National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2012
Like the Rolling Stones, the Marina del Rey Boat Parade also turns 50 this year, but one of these things is decidedly more wholesome and less prone to rumors of full-body blood transfusions. Volleyball superstar Kerri Walsh Jennings is the grand marshal, and the event features its usual cavalcade of well-bedecked vessels. Burton Chase Park, Marina del Rey. 6 p.m. Sat. Free. http://www.mdrboatparade.org.
NEWS
September 24, 1988 | Associated Press
Japanese Emperor Hirohito was still suffering from internal bleeding Friday and received two more blood transfusions, doctors reported. The world's longest-reigning living monarch watched serial dramas on television and spoke briefly with Crown Prince Akihito, government spokesman Keizo Obuchi said. Five days after a hemorrhage caused the 87-year-old emperor to vomit blood, imperial physicians said they discovered a small amount of intestinal bleeding.
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