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Can You Contract HIV From Blood Transfusion

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Your 88 Year-old Patient

In a recent question to you, you mentioned you have an 88 year-old patient with HIV. Some I know who read that, including myself, were very curious how long that patient has been infected. If this person is now 88 and had the virus from the...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...Thanks for your follow-up. She was actually infected in the 1980s from her husband who contracted HIV from a blood transfusion. So she is a very huged inspiration to me and hopefully to others as well. Of course, she has been very adherent with... Read more »

Cause of HIV

My friend's father was diagnosed with aggressive multiple myeloma last October. His strain of... Read more »

Can you be HIV positive for 28 years with no symptoms?

My husbanf has just beem told he is HIV positive. Can he have contracted this from a blood... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Rep. Price Introduces Bill That Would Compensate Individuals Who Contracted HIV Through Blood Transfusions

...David Price (D-N.C.) has introduced legislation ( HR 2837 ) that would compensate people who contracted HIV from contaminated blood transfusions and other medical procedures, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Price introduced the... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV-Positive Florida Woman Gets Care From Navy

...mother was having complications during pregnancy, and she was hastened to a non-Navy hospital where she contracted HIV during a blood transfusion. Starnes was born HIV-positive. Previously, Starnes received a Navy designation allowing her to... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Central Indiana Group Plans History Project on Ryan White

...AIDS scare of the 1980s. AIDS misperceptions were common when 13-year-old White, a hemophiliac who contracted HIV through a blood transfusion, was told he could not attend Western Middle School near Kokomo in 1984. The state Department of... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

USA Today Examines HIV/AIDS, Legal System in China

...USA Today , the Sanmenxia Intermediate People's Court in Henan would not say why it declined to accept cases related to the blood transfusions. Wan Yanhai, a Chinese HIV/AIDS advocate, estimates that more than 100,000 people contracted HIV from... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous that the actor who actually dressed up in the preditor constume died within less of a year after contracting hiv from a blood transfusion.WHy so quick?anyone know why this happenes? Read more »

He Has HIV, She Doesn't--And They're in Love

Posted by Chloe1023, 1 Reply
...marrying him. Similarly, Gwenn and Shawn say they don't want HIV to mess with their love. Shawn, who contracted the virus from a blood transfusion as a child, is in good health, and doctors say that he has a good life expectancy ahead. Yet,... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...thinking my odds are good because I have a neg Home Access test, Hiv 2 is rare, and unless my girlfriend contracted HIV from a blood transfusion then there is no way I have it, Oh yeah almost forgot about the dentist. But when I look at my body... Read more »

My boyfriend is HIV positive....

Posted by ladycatalpa, 4 Replies
...almost 5 years before we got together so I knew he was HIV+ before we started this relationship. He contracted it through a blood transfusion when he was 3. He's also a hemophiliac. I thought I knew what I was getting into, but really I feel... Read more »