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Spain to Compensate Hemophiliacs With HIV


Reuters (04/21/93)

Madrid--The Spanish government will compensate more than 1,002 hemophiliacs who contracted HIV through tainted blood and plasma transfusions in the 1980s, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday. Under-secretary of State for Health Angeles Amador said that 1,147 people who contracted HIV would receive a lump sum of $86,000 each. However, more than 400 of the hemophiliacs have already died of AIDS, so the government will pass on the compensation to their families, said Amador. "The rate at which infected hemophiliacs are now dying is dramatic," he added. The HIV-positive hemophiliacs would receive a pension of up to $1,000 a month. According to the Spanish Federation of Hemophiliacs, its members had a much higher rate of infection than hemophiliacs elsewhere in Europe, with 43 percent acquiring HIV through transfusions. Spanish Health Minister Jose Antonia Grinan acknowledges the figure, but denies that the hemophiliacs were infected through negligence. "They themselves say the greater incidence of AIDS is because of a certain treatment they received in Spain which was aimed at giving them a better quality of life," Grinan told reporters last month. The treatment used several doses of Factor VIII blood clotting agent, which increased the risk of infection. The majority of hemophiliacs were infected between 1983 and 1985, but the hardship they encountered was only disclosed earlier this year when the federation began pressing for compensation.


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