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Tamil Nadu: Pregnant Woman Given HIV Infected Blood In Government Hospital
The authorities said that, woman was put on anti-retroviral treatment soon after she was tested HIV-positive. Whether the baby would be infected with HIV would be known only after its birth
Tamil Nadu: Pregnant Woman Given HIV Infected Blood In Government Hospital (representational image)
New Delhi: In Tamil Nadu, a 24-year-old pregnant woman contracted HIV after infected blood was pumped into her during a blood transfusion at a government hospital in Virudhunagar district.
For the alleged lapses over the last two years, three lab technicians were suspended.
On December 3, the woman was administered blood from an HIV-positive young man. The man was, two years ago tested positive for HIV and Hepatitis-B by a government lab after he donated his blood. However, he wasn't informed of the test results and donated his blood again last month at the government blood bank. The officials said that the by the time the HIV infection was detected, his blood was transfused into the pregnant woman.
After the woman was tested HIV-positive she was put on anti-retroviral treatment. The authorities said that whether the baby would be infected with HIV would be known only after its birth.
The transmission of HIV virus usually takes place through infected blood and from an infected mother to the baby in her womb or through breastfeeding or through sexual intercourse.
"There have been lapses twice. We suspect the technician who cleared the blood did not test for HIV. It's an accident and not intentional. We have ordered a probe. We are also treating the young man," said Dr R Manoharan, deputy director at Tamil Nadu's health department.
Dr R Manoharan said that the government has offered financial compensation and jobs for the woman and her husband after the alleged negligence.
According to World Health Organisation, in 2017, only 59 per cent of the 36.9 million people living with HIV across the world were receiving the antiretroviral therapy.