An AIDS helpline has been set up by Telecom Éireann offering advice to those with concerns about HIV.

The helpline has been swamped with calls since it opened at 8.00 am. The phones are manned by Eastern Health Boards (EHB) counsellors in a special Telecom switch room. They provide information and advice for those affected by the AIDS virus or worried about contracting it.

Zachery Johnson of the EHB tells RTÉ News about people's fears over the possibility of contaminated blood transfusions saying that people in high-risk groups are excluded and that the blood is thoroughly tested.

Blood transfusions in this country are very safe. I would reassure people totally.

Chris Robson of the Gay Health Society says that 10-15% of calls have been from gay people concerned about their own health and about the risk of transmitting the virus to their partners. 

General worries about sexual behaviour.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 26 March 1987. The reporter is Brian O'Connell.