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HIV Transfusion Update

Published: April 24, 2013 (Issue # 1756)


ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — The first HIV blood test that was administered to the 16-month child who was mistakenly given a blood transfusion containing HIV antibodies at a St. Petersburg hospital last month, returned a negative result, Interfax reported.

Even though the first result came back negative, the child will continue to need blood tests in the future, said Ludmila Kostkina who is the chairperson of the Social Policy and Health Commission of the city’s Legislative Assembly.

The chances of the child becoming infected are extremely low, said Kostinka speaking via her press spokesperson.

“If within the first eight hours of bexposure a patient receives the necessary treatment, the infection should not develop. The child received treatment four hours after the transfusion,” the spokesperson said.

The case has caused the St. Petersburg Blood Transfusion Center to adjust the methods used for providing donor blood for transfusion. In future, the blood will be given by two doctors to avoid mistakes.

The child had a blood transfusion from an HIV-positive donor in St. Petersburg’s Children Hospital #5 in March.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Sept. 19


SPIBA’s newest addition to their Cultural Discoveries events is “Handmade in Germany,” an exhibition featuring unique handmade objects of a significantly higher quality than mass-produced items. The work of over 100 German manufacturers will be displayed during the event, which opens today in the Lutheran Church of Saint Peter and Paul on Nevsky Prospekt and runs through Sept. 28.



Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


Those after something more laid back can instead head to Jazz and Wine night at TerraVino with legendary jazz guitarist Ildar Kazahanov. 12/14 Admiralteyskaya Emb.



Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during today’s “Djembe and Vuvuzela,” a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of today’s round table discussion on “Interaction with Trade Unions” being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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