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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.





 


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Thursday, Apr. 17


Expocenter Eurasia at 13 Ulitsa Kapitan Voronin is the sight of Goods on the Way, a five-day event starting today showcasing the latest in the industrial products industry. Bags, backpacks, swimsuits and much, much more will be available to attendees hoping to update not only their style but their accessories for the upcoming summer.


Friday, Apr. 18


Teachers and students alike shouldn’t miss the opportunity to establish lasting contacts with Russian and foreign institutions during the 21st Education and Career Fair at LenExpo, beginning today and finishing tomorrow. Learn more about education in Russia and connect with your fellow scholars.


The Tromso International Film Festival, Norway’s largest, brings a short festival to St. Petersburg for one day only during Scandinavian Oddities, starting at 7 p.m. today at Rodina Cinema Center. Tickets for the event are 100 rubles ($2.80).


Sunday, Apr. 20


Celebrate Easter at Pavlovsk during the Easter Fair that begins today and continues through next Sunday. Visitors will have the chance to paint Easter eggs and children can take part in games as well as help decorate a tree in honor of Christianity’s holiest day.


Today is one of the final days to see the exhibit Cacti — Children of the Sun at the Peter the Great Botanical Garden. Starting Apr. 17, budding botanists will marvel at the variety and beauty of the desert’s most iconic plant.


Monday, Apr. 21


Improve your grasp of Neruda, Bolano and Marquez at TrueDA’s Beginners Spanish Lesson this evening at their location on the Petrograd Side. An experienced teacher will be on hand to help all attendees better understand the intricacies of the language and improve their accent.


Tuesday, Apr. 22


SPIBA’s Breakfast with the Director event series continues as the association welcomes Andrei Barannikov, general director of SPN Communications, to the Anna Pavlova Hall of the Angleterre Hotel this morning at 9 a.m. Attendees must confirm their participation by Apr. 21.


The AmCham Environment, Health and Safety Committee Meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. this morning in the their St. Petersburg office.