Texas man gets HIV from donated blood

  1. Somewhat alarming..... just FYI


    http://www.cnn.com/2002/US/02/09/don....ap/index.html


    SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) -- A Texas man has become the first American infected with the AIDS virus from donated blood since the nation's blood banks implemented rigorous new HIV-screening technology three years ago.

    David Autrey, a 51-year-old ranch hand from Chilton, was infected with human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, from blood donated at San Antonio's South Texas Blood and Tissue Center.

    Transmission of the virus occurred during a blood transfusion Autrey received as part of an emergency heart bypass surgery in August 2000 at Scott & White Hospital in Temple, officials said.

    "I feel great sympathy for Mr. Autrey," Dr. Norman Kalmin, president and CEO of the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, said Friday. "We've been devastated by the news."

    Although the testing process now in use by blood banks is highly sophisticated, it is still considered experimental and can fail to detect the virus in blood from donors who gave blood soon after being exposed to HIV, said Dr. Michael Busch, a professor at the University of California-San Francisco and an executive with Blood Centers of the Pacific.

    The tainted blood in Texas came from a man who was a regular donor at the San Antonio blood bank and who had donated four times during 2000, Kalmin said.

    When the man donated in December 2000, his blood tested positive for HIV in tests done at the blood bank. Blood-bank workers went through previous donations from the man and tried to recover any blood products that hadn't been used.

    "The explanation is that the (donor) was recently exposed," Kalmin said. "It hadn't had the opportunity to multiply to levels that were detectable" in the automated testing.

    Experts say the chance of getting HIV 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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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   live4today
    Scary, huh? Goes to show that testing blood for killer germs isn't all it's cracked up to be. Of course, that center is going to do everything to cover up the "real truth" so they don't get shut down. My, my, my! What's a person to do these days?
  4. by   reyna
    it just goes to show that medicine is NOT an exact science
  5. by   Larry
    Do you get paid for giving blood in USA ? If so how much ?
    - I am a blood donor in UK and here we donate blood for free. Of course I guess there's a risk anywhere in receiving blood and there are lots of cases where people got Hepatitis C from blood.
    How to deal with it ?
    To encourage more healthy people to give blood.
    Blood saves lives!
  6. by   oramar
    The news media around here are presenting this story like this is something new. It is not, there has always been a small risk you could be infected by a blood or ORGAN doner who test neg. because the exposure was so recent.
  7. by   Zee_RN
    Larry: We are not paid to donate blood here in the USA either. Donations are done on a volunteer basis.

    It is inevitable that somewhere along the line something like this is going to happen. It is very unfortunate and my heart goes out to the infected patient.
  8. by   ANH_RN
    Quote from cheerfuldoer
    Scary, huh? Goes to show that testing blood for killer germs isn't all it's cracked up to be. Of course, that center is going to do everything to cover up the "real truth" so they don't get shut down. My, my, my! What's a person to do these days?
    The blood center didn't do anything wrong. It seems as though they have done everything they were expected to.

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Texas man gets HIV from donated blood