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Transmission of HIV through blood transfusion

Infection with HIV infection through the blood (parenteral route of transmission) occurs when infected blood enters the body – directly into the bloodstream, skin damage and mucous membranes, in contact with blood and other fluids, tissues and organs of the body.

The client turned to REACtor during her treatment in a specialized infectious diseases hospital. She said that in December was a car accident, where she received injuries that require surgery and a blood transfusion. After treatment and rehabilitation, the woman was discharged home. Six months later, her health began to deteriorate. The client went to the doctors, underwent medical examinations, but they did not give results. Then she was offered to take a blood test for HIV and as a result the test was positive. The woman was in shock – she is a married woman, has children, had no other relationship. When interviewed by an epidemiologist about whether she had any medical manipulations or operations, the client replied that she had an accident and received a blood transfusion. After that, the woman was registered and began her treatment.

The client received the necessary advice regarding her health and HIV treatment, further on the rights of PLHIV, consulted a psychologist and was referred to a lawyer. The lawyer, having studied the whole situation, offered to help draw up an application and file a lawsuit against the hospital in which the operation was made. But alas, the client refused, because she did not want anyone else to know about her HIV status and this would bring problems to her family and loved ones.

Original Source (in Russian)

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