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The Safety of Blood and Components, where is the limit?
The recent past
HIV transmission by transfusion of blood and blood products was the biggest driver of change in the history of transfusion medicine in the past 30 years. Most of the medical world in the 70’s and in the early 80’s was celebrating the control of infectious diseases. The hemophilia community was celebrating the enjoyment of a normal life provided by the prophylactic use of plasma derived clotting factor concentrates. In this environment of excitement and trust in the power of medical science and pharmaceuticals, the initial reactions to the news that AIDS could possibly be transmitted by transfusion were denial and disbelief. The first report suggesting that clotting factor concentrates might transmit HIV was published in July 1982.