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Two Contract HIV From Donation
AP | 7/19/02

Posted on 07/19/2002 5:19:49 AM PDT by kattracks

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Jul 19, 2002 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- Two people have contracted HIV from blood transfusions provided by a regional blood bank that failed to detect an infected donor, officials said.

The incident marks the second time since the nation's blood banks implemented new screening technology in 1999 that HIV has been transmitted through a transfusion, according to Florida Blood Services. The first case infected a man in San Antonio, Texas, in September.

The victims, one young adult and one in the mid-60s, were told Wednesday they contracted HIV from blood and plasma transfusions in Hillsborough and Pinellas county hospitals, according to Florida Blood Services, which processed the blood.

The donor gave infected blood on May 11, but had contracted the disease so recently that tests did not detect it, said German LeParc, chief medical officer for the blood bank. The virus takes seven to 10 days to build up sufficiently for detection.

When the donor returned to give blood again May 30, it tested positive for HIV and that donation was destroyed, LeParc said. The donor was notified and officials began tracking down patients who received the previous donation.

Experts said the chance of getting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, from donated blood is one in 2 million to 3 million transfusions, and they stress that the nation's blood supply remains very safe.

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1 posted on 07/19/2002 5:19:49 AM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks
This could be the consequence of a severe blood shortage here in Florida. I down known about the St. Pete area but down here in Boca Raton, they have been begging me for my 0 positive blood seemingly every day.
2 posted on 07/19/2002 5:23:24 AM PDT by Seeking the truth
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To: kattracks
The blood supply is safe, unless it isn't...........
3 posted on 07/19/2002 5:27:47 AM PDT by OldFriend
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To: Seeking the truth
It's sad to see HIV transmitted to innocent people this way.

Why the blood shortage in Boca? I used to live there, am rare AB neg, blood bank would drain me dry if they got their hands on me.

How often can you give blood and stay healthy?
4 posted on 07/19/2002 5:42:45 AM PDT by PoisedWoman
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To: PoisedWoman
You can donate blood once every 56 days or so under current rules. Of course, one could simply go to a different blood bank and give more often.
5 posted on 07/19/2002 5:46:50 AM PDT by LenS
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To: kattracks
Only the 2nd incident since 1999. That is impressive.
6 posted on 07/19/2002 5:50:05 AM PDT by TBall
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To: LenS
You can donate blood once every 56 days or so under current rules. Of course, one could simply go to a different blood bank and give more often.

I am wondering why this indivual attempted to donate again a mere 2 weeks later. I am thinking they knew something was up and was using the screening done by the blood bank to confirm. I am very sorry this happened, but as an RN who gives tranfusions all the time to patients, I must point out this is a VERY rare occurrence. That being said, my best advice would be, if you know you are going to require blood transfusions prior to a hospitalization, donate your own blood beforehand. I am also wondering why at this time, this did not hit major headline news.

7 posted on 07/19/2002 5:54:37 AM PDT by RepubMommy
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To: OldFriend
"The blood supply is safe, unless it isn't..........."

Wow! Are you in politics?? /sarcasm/

8 posted on 07/19/2002 5:55:08 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: PoisedWoman
I believe six weeks is the recommended waiting period.

My wife works at Delray Medical Center and blood supply has been down at dangerous inventory levels for many, many months now.

Why?

It can't be the voter registration breakdown here in Palm Beach County, can it?

47 % Demorcrat
33 % Republican
20 % No Party

You would think with all those compassionate Dems down here, there would be a huge surplus!

9 posted on 07/19/2002 5:56:58 AM PDT by Seeking the truth
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To: RepubMommy
I am wondering why this indivual attempted to donate again a mere 2 weeks later.

I was wondering about that myself. Maybe it was a bum/street-person that was selling it to the blood bank? Those people should not be allowed to donate blood.

10 posted on 07/19/2002 6:00:20 AM PDT by dougherty
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To: kattracks
This story is so sad. It's tragic to see how PC-thinking puts everyone at risk.
11 posted on 07/19/2002 6:13:27 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: RepubMommy
I am wondering why this indivual attempted to donate again a mere 2 weeks later. I am thinking they knew something was up and was using the screening done by the blood bank to confirm.

I suspect they are paid for donating.

12 posted on 07/19/2002 6:17:26 AM PDT by 2Jedismom
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To: OldFriend
Yogi?
13 posted on 07/19/2002 6:20:23 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: 2Jedismom
I suspect they are paid for donating.


There are two organizations in Gary, IN. who pay for blood plasma donations. They have ads in the local newspapers every day of the week. Donors supposedly can make up to $200 a month.
14 posted on 07/19/2002 6:31:55 AM PDT by scholar
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To: 2Jedismom
Blood donations are about two months aparts (56 days) for donations, however, plasma may be donated more often, which, I think is about two weeks. So, if the patient was donating plasma, he may have been on date.

There are many questions that the blood bank asks their volunteers before accepting the donation to screen out potential HIV+ carriers. For example, have you had sex with another man since 1977. Have you ever paid to have sex? Have you ever used a needle for illegal drugs?

There is a last moment opportunity with an anonymous bar code sticker "use my blood" "do not use my blood" which is placed on the paperwork. This is for individuals that may think they are in a compromised position and forced to give blood (come on over.... why don't you dontate with us today....) to give the blood, but have it not used.

I suspect Mr. HIV+ needs to be charged with fraud and manslaughter.

15 posted on 07/19/2002 6:34:03 AM PDT by garyb
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To: kattracks
Experts said the chance of getting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, from donated blood is one in 2 million to 3 million transfusions, and they stress that the nation's blood supply remains very safe.

Lieing with numbers.................

The chance of any given person in the population getting AIDS from donated blood is one in 2 million to 3 million................The chance of these poor people getting AIDS is quite a bit higher. {/black, sardonic humor}

16 posted on 07/19/2002 6:35:12 AM PDT by DoctorMichael
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To: garyb
For example, have you had sex with another man since 1977.

That wouldn't work if the infected donor is a woman. There are plenty of women walking around with undiagnosed HIV. UCLA did a long study on this last year and discovered many undiagnosed AIDS cases among WHITE and ASIAN women....doctors don't think they fit the profile, so they don't check for HIV. Black and Hispanic women are checked regularly. So, HIV can get into blook supply from sources very difficult to detect.

17 posted on 07/19/2002 6:52:36 AM PDT by PoisedWoman
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To: PoisedWoman
I thought it was against the law to pay for blood anymore,,maybe it is just the red cross that has that policy. This is rare but I am waiting for someone from the dems to blame Jeb Bush,,should happen before noon today.
18 posted on 07/19/2002 6:57:22 AM PDT by cajungirl
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To: kattracks
Title is no good. Very misleading.

They got it from transfusion. They received blood, did not donate it.

19 posted on 07/19/2002 7:00:04 AM PDT by tallhappy
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To: RepubMommy
I am also wondering why at this time, this did not hit major headline news.

Why??? You really have to ask? Because the media is controlled by Liberals and they never report anything that will make the Saintly Gays look bad. AND if by chance they do report it, it is never emphasized or repeated so they can go on to their real business of bashing Conservatives and Patriotic Americans, that's why.

20 posted on 07/19/2002 7:02:43 AM PDT by Musket
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To: kattracks
Why do high-risk folk insist on donating blood?
21 posted on 07/19/2002 7:04:31 AM PDT by SarahW
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To: tallhappy
There were professional 'donors' who got paid for their blood. This particular 'donor' was obviously making regular 'donations'. I wonder if the 'donor' was paid? Authorities should be suspicious of regular 'donors' who get paid. If donating is a regular source of income....it speaks loudly for the 'lifestyle' of the 'donor'. Should be outlawed.
22 posted on 07/19/2002 7:07:35 AM PDT by Dudoight
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To: kattracks
They would be real troubled if HIV had anything to do with AIDS.
23 posted on 07/19/2002 7:16:20 AM PDT by Demidog
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To: Musket
they never report anything that will make the Saintly Gays look bad.

How does anything in this story make gays look bad?

24 posted on 07/19/2002 7:17:15 AM PDT by Demidog
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To: RepubMommy
"I am wondering why this indivual attempted to donate again a mere 2 weeks later. I am thinking they knew something was up and was using the screening done by the blood bank to confirm."

It wouldn't be the first time.

I've heard of people who used blood donations as a "free HIV test". Scares the crap out of me, and it's one big reason I refused transfusions for close to a week, as medicos from two hospitals browbeat me (literally) day and night.

I developed a "this'll shut you up" technique that I used to reply to their insistance that I was being silly because it was so safe.

I asked, is it really safe? They of course smiled and said of course it's really safe.

I said well that's good to know, but I just have one more question. What, I asked, would you do if while you were injecting that donor blood into my arm, a drop of it managed to splash onto your arm?

The respons was always the same: "I'd stop what I was doing and go scrub down, of course!"

I then replied, "Hmm, so let me see if I have this right: the donor blood is 'safe enough' to put into my veins, but it's too dangerous to let even sprinkle onto your skin? I think I'll pass."

25 posted on 07/19/2002 7:25:25 AM PDT by Don Joe
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To: Demidog
How does anything in this story make gays look bad?

This too you have to ask? Are you sure you're in the right forum? Gays brought AIDS to America. And they are the primary way it is spread. Yeesh.

26 posted on 07/19/2002 7:28:39 AM PDT by Musket
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To: Musket
Gays brought AIDS to America.

BS.

27 posted on 07/19/2002 7:36:11 AM PDT by Demidog
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To: TBall
Only the 2nd incident since 1999. That is impressive.

Ok, so nobody that you give a crap about has been injured.

28 posted on 07/19/2002 8:01:23 AM PDT by FormerLib
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To: Demidog
How does anything in this story make gays look bad?

Perhaps it has something to do with homosexuals being the HIV carriers in the overwhelming majority of the cases in the US?

29 posted on 07/19/2002 8:02:52 AM PDT by FormerLib
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To: kattracks
Either, the donor lied about high-risk behavior or the agency didn't ask the questions. Someone's liable for 2 counts of attempted murder, IMHO.
30 posted on 07/19/2002 8:03:54 AM PDT by FormerLib
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To: Demidog

Gays brought AIDS to America.

BS.

O.K. Don't keep me in suspense any longer. What's the real story? I've got my tinfoil hat here at the ready.....

31 posted on 07/19/2002 8:05:28 AM PDT by Musket
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To: Musket
"How does anything in this story make gays look bad?
This too you have to ask? Are you sure you're in the right forum? Gays brought AIDS to America. "

If I remember right, it's been traced to a single individual who was a switch hitter and an IV drug user who picked it up somewhere on the trade routes in Central Africa. It's been there forever. I've also heard that historically, this is not the first time HIV has gotten loose.

Yes, the time limit is 56 days. This is a FEDERAL law for the health of the donor. The Red Cross does rely heavily on repeat donors because many people are reluctant to give for one reason or another. I worked in a local branch and they have to husstle to get donors.

As someone who cannot donate, for many reasons, a big thank you to those who do.
32 posted on 07/19/2002 8:08:38 AM PDT by Desdemona
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To: Desdemona
...been traced to a single individual who was a switch hitter and an IV drug user who picked it up somewhere on the trade routes in Central Africa.

That qualifies as Gay to me. I seem to remember hearing that the guy was quite a slut too. Now surely you can't argue that it was spread from him through the U.S. primarily through Gay sex.

33 posted on 07/19/2002 8:19:14 AM PDT by Musket
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To: FormerLib
If you want to get freaked out because there have been two contamination incidents since 1999 then go ahead.
34 posted on 07/19/2002 8:21:29 AM PDT by TBall
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To: Musket
Well, it would depend, wouldn't it, on where such sluty gay sex took place. This guy was on the east coast, I remember that much. I was a little kid at the time, but in the late '70's early '80's Key West and Provincetown, Mass were big congregating places. Promiscuity was the norm. Realistically, that's probably how it spread.

No arguments. Just a few little facts. And yes, homosexuals ARE generous blood donors.
35 posted on 07/19/2002 8:26:22 AM PDT by Desdemona
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To: Desdemona
And yes, homosexuals ARE generous blood donors.

I don't know of any homosexual blood donors. The homosexual men I've met won't donate because they know that it is illegal for them to do so (unless they've never had sex).
36 posted on 07/19/2002 8:34:17 AM PDT by Dimensio
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To: Musket
The real story is that HIV hasn't been shown to cause AIDS. AIDS is a syndrome which is defined differently depending on which country is in control of the definitions. Some exemplary scholars believe that HIV itself is a harmless retrovirus that is transmitted any number of ways but doesn't itself cause AIDS.
37 posted on 07/19/2002 8:46:17 AM PDT by Demidog
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To: tallhappy
I was thinking the same thing.
38 posted on 07/19/2002 8:48:15 AM PDT by Bogey78O
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To: HarryDunne
VIP (Very Important Ping)
39 posted on 07/19/2002 8:48:16 AM PDT by Democratic_Machiavelli
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To: OldFriend
Wasn't there a campaign a while back to end discrimination against gays trying to donate blood?
40 posted on 07/19/2002 9:06:21 AM PDT by RAT Patrol
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To: RepubMommy
I am also wondering why at this time, this did not hit major headline news.

It's politically incorrect to report anything negative that may be associated with homosexuality.
Unfortunatly, many innocent lives have been lost, but they are irrelivant when it comes to the good of the Socialist collective.

41 posted on 07/19/2002 9:15:29 AM PDT by concerned about politics
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To: kattracks; Great Dane; Budge; T'wit
This is so sad. I pray for these victims with all my heart.

I too got a viral infection from a bad blood transfusion in 1980. This is a life changing situation for these people.

I hope they sue the pants off this blood bank. There is NO EXCUSE for this. Every bag of blood is to be screened. Unless they sue, and it hurts the "industry" that is supposed to protect us and deliver life saving blood, this could happen again.

I just find it unbelievable that this happened. I worked in a supervisor capacity for a blood bank. There are proceedures in place that could NOT have been followed. Even if the infected person didn't know that he/or she was infected,.. the blood bank SHOULD have caught it and informed them. This is so sad, and so unbelievable.

Prayers for all the victims involved. Pinging the bloodhounds I can recall by memory.. please ping this to the rest of the bloodhounds. God Bless!!
42 posted on 07/19/2002 9:17:26 AM PDT by Vets_Husband_and_Wife
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To: SarahW
Why do high-risk folk insist on donating blood?

Misery loves the company.

43 posted on 07/19/2002 9:17:28 AM PDT by concerned about politics
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To: Seeking the truth
You would think with all those compassionate Dems down here, there would be a huge surplus!

Dems don't give. They take.

44 posted on 07/19/2002 9:18:48 AM PDT by concerned about politics
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To: Desdemona
If I remember right, it's been traced to a single individual who was a switch hitter and an IV drug user who picked it up somewhere on the trade routes in Central Africa.

I've read reports, and thought it was common knowledge because that's what everyone I've heard talk about it says, it was traced back to one homosexual flight assistant who brought it back from overseas. He became the first US case.
Remember, the homosexuals even tried to say the Lord God was a sodomite. No joke.
I'm sure they've tried to distract the story away from themselves to a popular sports figure. They always say popular figures were gay. They just pull famous names out of a hat.

45 posted on 07/19/2002 9:31:32 AM PDT by concerned about politics
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To: kattracks
The donor gave infected blood on May 11, but had contracted the disease so recently that tests did not detect it, said German LeParc, chief medical officer for the blood bank. The virus takes seven to 10 days to build up sufficiently for detection.

But couldn't that be avoided by heat-treating plasma, or is that only effective against Hep-C.

46 posted on 07/19/2002 9:57:30 AM PDT by Great Dane
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To: Demidog
Gays brought AIDS to America.

The first carrier has been identified as a homosexual airline worker.

Trivia: AIDS was known by another name before it became AIDS. What name was given to it?

47 posted on 07/19/2002 10:01:45 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: AppyPappy
Trivia: AIDS was known by another name before it became AIDS. What name was given to it?

Night of the Living Dead?

48 posted on 07/19/2002 10:14:59 AM PDT by concerned about politics
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To: concerned about politics
Time's up: It was known as "Gay Cancer".
49 posted on 07/19/2002 10:17:29 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: AppyPappy
Time's up: It was known as "Gay Cancer".

Awhhhh. I was using a search engine and had to read about dead children from the first link, and AIDs spreading to different countries like wind. I should have waited.

50 posted on 07/19/2002 10:23:00 AM PDT by concerned about politics
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