HIV and the Blood Supply:: An Analysis of Crisis Decisionmaking
National Academies Press, Oct 5, 1995 - Medical - 352 pages
During the early years of the AIDS epidemic, thousands of Americans became infected with HIV through the nation's blood supply. Because little reliable information existed at the time AIDS first began showing up in hemophiliacs and in others who had received transfusions, experts disagreed about whether blood and blood products could transmit the disease.
During this period of great uncertainty, decisionmaking regarding the blood supply became increasingly difficult and fraught with risk. This volume provides a balanced inquiry into the blood safety controversy, which involves private sexual practices, personal tragedy for the victims of HIV/AIDS, and public confidence in America's blood services system.
The book focuses on critical decisions as information about the danger to the blood supply emerged. The committee draws conclusions about what was done--and recommends what should be done to produce better outcomes in the face of future threats to blood safety.
The committee frames its analysis around four critical area
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THE U S BLOOD SUPPLY SYSTEM
HISTORY OF THE CONTROVERSY
DONOR SCREENING AND DEFERRAL
REGULATIONS AND RECALL
RISK COMMUNICATION TO PHYSICIANS AND PATIENTS
CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
A Individuals Interviewed by the Committee
Chronological Summary of Critical Events National Hemophilia
Key Documents Provided to the Committee
E Glossary of Acronyms and Terms
F Committee and Staff Biographies