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Italy's HIV transplant scandal

21st March 2007

Three Italian transplant recipients are receiving anti-retroviral therapy after they were given organs from HIV-positive donors, and the Italian authorities have set up an independent commission of enquiry into the affair.

The three patients were informed that they might be HIV-positive in February, as a result of errors made in documentation by an employee at a hospital in the north of the country.

The administrative staff member simply mis-copied 'positive' as 'negative' after reading an automatically generated printout.

The three organs came from the same donor, whom no-one had known was HIV-positive.


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