Texan Infected with HIV from Donor
February 11, 2002
A Texas ranch hand undergoing surgery was infected with HIV in what is believed to be the first US case of the virus being transmitted through donated blood since new HIV-screening technology was implemented three years ago.Adapted from:
David Autrey, 51, was infected with HIV through a blood transfusion he received during emergency heart bypass surgery in August 2000 at Scott & White Hospital in Temple.
A spokeswoman for the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center said only one patient received the blood and that all the tainted blood had been located. The tainted blood came from a man who was a regular donor at the San Antonio blood bank and had donated four times during 2000. When the man donated in December 2000, his blood tested positive for HIV. Blood bank workers then went through five years of previous donations and contacted the hospitals that received the blood. The hospital then contacted the recipient and tested him for HIV.
"There's no cure for this stuff, and this [HIV drug] cocktail is no fun," Autrey told the San Antonio Express-News on Saturday. "I was looking forward to [seeing] all the grandkids grow up, but you know how it goes."
"I feel great sympathy for Mr. Autrey," said Dr. Norman Kalmin, president and CEO of the blood bank. "We've been devastated by the news." According to Kalmin, the blood donor was recently exposed and the virus had not had the opportunity to multiply to levels that would make it detectable.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.