Veteranclaims’s Blog

April 25, 2009

4th veteran test positive for HIV following exposure to unsterile equipment

Filed under: Uncategorized — veteranclaims @ 1:58 pm

The VA still refuses to tell veterans if the contamination problem, found at three medical facilities, affected every VA medical facility leaving doubt and uncertainty in the minds of hundreds of thousands of veterans.

From the LA Times
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-us-veterans-colonoscopies,1,712144.story

BILL POOVEY, Associated Press Writer
4:52 PM PDT, April 24, 2009
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Thousands of veterans were at first shocked to learn they should get blood tests for HIV and hepatitis because three hospitals might have treated them with unsterile equipment. Now, just a couple of months after the Department of Veterans Affairs issued the dire warnings, veterans are growing frustrated by the lack of information from the tightlipped federal agency.

Nearly 11,000 former sailors, soldiers, airmen and Marines could have been exposed to infectious diseases because three VA hospitals in the Southeast did not properly clean endoscopic equipment between patients. On Friday, the VA revealed that another patient had tested positive for HIV, bringing the total to four such cases among patients who got endoscope procedures at hospitals in Miami, Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Augusta, Ga.

The agency also said a new hepatitis case had been discovered, increasing the number of positive tests to 26. More than 4,270 veterans still have yet to get test results.

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