Nineteen HIV-Positive People in China Win Compensation From Hospital After Contracting Virus From Unscreened Blood
December 6, 2006
A group of 19 HIV-positive people in Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province will receive about $2.5 million from the hospital where they contracted the virus after receiving transfusions of unscreened, illegal blood, a court ruled on Tuesday, Reuters reports (Reuters, 12/5). China's Ministry of Health in October 2005 announced new rules that would severely punish those responsible for collecting and distributing untested blood that leads to people becoming infected with bloodborne diseases such as HIV through subsequent transfusions. The rules, which took effect in March 2006, are intended to enforce a 1998 ban on blood sales and also will make collection centers responsible for the safety of donated blood (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 12/22/05).
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