Another Woman Alleges Contracting HIV After Blood Transfusion At Tamilnadu Government Hospital

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Another Woman Alleges Contracting HIV After Blood Transfusion At Tamilnadu Government Hospital

In yet another case of alleged medical negligence in Tamil Nadu, a woman has claimed that she contracted the HIV virus following blood transfusion at a government hospital where she underwent treatment for low haemoglobin.

The government hospital has refuted the allegation.The affected woman, said to be in her 20s, told a Tamil TV channel Friday she underwent the transfusion in April while being pregnant.She came to know she had HIV only when the hospital informed her after conducting tests in August when she went there for check-up.

“The blood transfusion happened at the Government Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital (GKMCH) only. That is where the mistake happened,” she said.Refuting the allegation, hospital dean Dr P Vasanthamani said the woman was transfused with “100 per cent HIV free” blood.

Earlier, a 24-year-old pregnant woman at Sattur in Virudhunagar district contracted HIV allegedly after being transfused contaminated blood supplied by a blood bank which failed to conduct proper screening for the virus, prompting the Tamil Nadu government to order examination of stocks in the state’s blood banks.