HIV transmitted with blood transfusion in the USA despite highest quality screening (October 2008)

A report from the CDC in the USA reports a rare case of transmission of HIV with blood transfusion. This rare event which is estimated to occur at the frequency of 1 in 1,500,000 procedures. It is a sobering reminder to the hemophilia community that all safety precautions are necessary during production of factor concentrates. It also supports the view that recombinant factor concentrates may be preferable to plasma derived products from the infectious disease point of view.