Japan: Blood from a donor infected with HIV, was transfused into 2 patients

Posted on December 1, 2013 • Filed under: Japan, Travel Health

Japannews.com reported that in the latest case, one of two people who received transfusions of the blood in question contracted HIV.
The Red Cross Society told a Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry panel on activities involving blood products that it does not conduct blood donations to check for HIV and does not notify donors of infection, in principle, if found.

The Red Cross Society emphasized this at a meeting of the panel of the ministry’s Pharmaceutical Affairs and Food Sanitation Council held on Tuesday. “There are people who donate blood in the belief that they will be notified if the result is positive,” an official of the society said.

Among about 5 million blood donations per year, 60 to 100 are found to be HIV positive, and are consequently disposed of. Read Article

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