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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 citys 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. Petersburgs Children Hospital #5 in March.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Aug. 22


Get ready to pledge allegiance to the flag during National Flag Day, paying tribute to when, 23 years ago today, the iconic hammer-and-sickle was replaced with the tricolor that now flutters in the wind. Petersburgers will be treated to a free concert on Palace Square, a military parade and a culminating air show featuring Russias Russian Knights stunt pilots.



Saturday, Aug. 23


Uppsala Park plays host to Fairy Noon today, a performance of five separate fairy tales ranging from folk classics to more haunting selections. There will be three different renditions of the tales throughout the day and tickets start at 500 rubles ($13.80) for adults and 300 rubles ($8.30) for children.


Classic Finnish cartoon characters the Moomins expect to receive a warm welcome from Russian fans during todays Moomin Festival at the Pearl Plaza Shopping Center at 51 Petergofskoye Shosse. Become a kid again or introduce a new generation to the beloved creation of Finnish writer Tove Jansson.



Sunday, Aug. 24


The tortured genius of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh gets his day in the centers Konnushnaya Ploschad during Make Art Like Van Gogh, a daylong celebration of the artist that will allow amateur artists to try and replicate the work that made the famed painter world-renowned.


Experience a variety of dances highlighting the diversity of the world around as at the final day of the Ethno-Dance International Dance Festival that has been at the St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions this past week. Tonights performance will feature Egyptian dancers accompanied by local orchestras.



Monday, Aug. 25


Today kicks off the Elena Obraztsovoy International Competition for Young Vocalists in the large hall of the Shostakovich Philharmonic. Talented youngsters will showcase their range over the next six days before a winner is chosen on Aug. 30.



Tuesday, Aug. 26


Love movies but hate all those words? Then check out Rodina Cinema Centers Factor of Consensus film forum this evening. Silent movie classics from the beginning of the 20th century will be screened and accompanied by a pianist, who will provide the soundtrack for the ongoing action. The screenings begin at 7 p.m. Check Rodinas website for more details.



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