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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, Nov. 28


Join table-top game aficionados at the British Book Center’s Board Game Evening. Held every Friday at 5 p.m., aficionados and amateurs alike can come take part in a variety of different games that test one’s intellect and cunning.



Saturday, Nov. 29


Cats, dogs, birds, rodents and reptiles are just some of the things that will walk and crawl at Lenexpo convention center this weekend as part of Zooshow, a two-day exhibition featuring not only man’s best friends but a four-legged fashion show, as well as a food fair that will help pet owners find out more about which kibbles are best for their hungry pets.



Sunday, Nov. 30


Remember the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Russo-Finnish war in 1939 during today’s reenactment titled “Winter War: How it Was.” More than 200 people will take part in recreating the opening salvoes of the battle for the north in Kamenka, a small village situated between Vyborg and St. Petersburg, using authentic equipment and vintage vehicles from the era. The faux battle begins at 2 p.m.



Monday, Dec. 1


Serbia filmmaker Emir Kusturica is the featured guest this evening at the Lensovet Palace of Culture the Petrograd Side. Fans of the director will get the chance to watch his movie “Black Cat, White Cat,” as well as ask questions about his award-winning filmography. Tickets for the event, which starts at 7 p.m., start at 2,000 rubles ($42.50).



Tuesday, Dec. 2


Today is the final day of “Takoy Festival,” a three-week program of plays based on the works of Dostoevsky, Remarque and other famed European writers, whose work is transcribed for theatrical performances. Tonight’s festival finale is “Fathers and Sons,” a two-act drama staged by the Novosibirsk Academic Drama Theater based on Turgenev’s classic about familial relations.



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