Pakistani children test positive for HIV after blood transfusions

By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – At least 10 Pakistani children who received blood transfusions have tested positive for HIV, officials said Thursday, with a leading medic predicting the discovery could be just the “tip of the iceberg”. The children were receiving regular transfusions for the blood disease thalassaemia, said Professor Yasmin Rashid, the secretary general of the Thalassaemia Federation of Pakistan, a consortium of charities that offer transfusions to 22,000 children. Pakistan’s health system is notoriously fragile and underfunded. …
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