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May 1, 2009

5th exposed veteran tests positive for HIV

Filed under: Uncategorized — veteranclaims @ 10:16 pm

Another late Friday news release by  the VA states that 1 more  veteran has tested positive for HIV and 7 more have tested positive for Hepatitis.

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VA: 5th HIV case linked to unsterile equipment

MIAMI (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs says a fifth patient has tested positive for HIV and another seven have tested positive for hepatitis after being exposed to contaminated medical equipment at three VA hospitals.

The department says 33 people have now tested positive for hepatitis.

They are among thousands who got blood tests because they were treated with equipment that wasn’t properly sterilized and exposed them to the body fluids of others. The equipment is often used in colonoscopies and ear, nose and throat procedures.

Nearly 11,000 former sailors, soldiers, airmen and Marines could have been exposed at the hospitals in Miami, Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Augusta, Ga. The agency says it doesn’t yet know if the HIV and hepatitis cases are related to its treatment.

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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