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For the news of the week that ended on this April 15th in 1990, much of it had to do with what was becoming an increasing awareness and realization that HIV/AIDS had become a part of our culture – that anyone could get it, but that no one could get it by just being in the same room with someone who had it. The story of Ryan White and his battle with, not only HIV/AIDS but with fear, prejudice and small-minded thinking came to an end at the beginning of this week in 1990, finally succumbing to complications from the disease on April 8. Ryan White was buried on April 15, 1990.

Ryan White, who contracted AIDS through a routine blood transfusion for Hemophilia as a youngster in 1984, sparked a wave of fear, ignorance and paranoia which eventually turned his community against him, and forcing his family to move to another town.

All White wanted was to be treated like a normal kid – which, under the circumstances and the times, was virtually impossible. Nobody was certain how pervasive the disease was. So it was up to Ryan White to set the example. And despite whatever fears there were to the contrary, Ryan White put the face of Everykid on HIV/AIDS, and helped forge an understanding and acceptance of the deadly disease and focused attention on the pressing and desperate need for a cure.

But for Ryan White, the fight was over, but the battle continues.

And so went the news for this week in 1990, along with a vast collection of other stuff that put 1990 on the map, as reported by ABC Radio and their weekly, ABC World This Week for April 15, 1990.
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from Abc News, World News this week. I'm john grimes. BBC news. Listen, dream like anybody else treat them. You know, don't, I don't like the three of them, you just like anybody else. This consignment, if it was bolted together, um, could form the barrel of a very large gun. And as such, it is subject to our export controls. It has been a long, hard race. I have seen demolition derbies, much like in a moment the people and stories that made this week's World news. Our competition is what lies outside the doors of the building. Our competition is the ST, the ideal club worker is someone who really cares and identifies with the Children and it goes beyond this is a job, the life you're listening to the men and women of the boys and girls club. You know, we're gonna be open at 3:00 and we're gonna be there at 9:30 and everyday places packed. They know it's a warm, comfortable environment. They know they have somebody there who will listen to them. The men and women of the boys and girls club perform minor miracles every day, who passed johnny in the back and at the same time tells him he's wrong, sad, never gonna do it. Parents, sometimes we have a more difficult job. And one of the things that we do continuously is educate our kids have asked drugs, nobody performs any magic, There's no magic, but we do touch lives, We could do more if we had more support your local boys and girls club, the club that beats the streets last sunday's announcement from the hospital in Indianapolis had been expected. Ryan White died this morning at Approximately 7 20 am. The 18 year old who raised the country's awareness of what AIDS is and what it's not had been in a coma for several days. His doctor was Martin Kleinman love life and he didn't like to be sick. Uhh He wanted that opportunity and we tried to give it for him. We were unsuccessful. However, Ryan Short Life was immensely successful. It's traced for us by Abc's TIM O'donnell. He was just a 13 year old kid from an average mid-American town. When Ryan White learned he had AIDS, he got the virus from a blood clotting substance used to try