Veteran Tests Positive for HIV After VA Mistake

By: AP
By: AP

A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs patient has tested positive for HIV since being treated with equipment that exposed thousands of patients to other patients' body fluids.

The VA on Monday did not return telephone and e-mail messages seeking comment about the location of the medical facility where the patient was treated before testing positive for the virus that causes AIDS.

Five veterans have also tested positive for hepatitis B and 11 for hepatitis C since being exposed to equipment mistakes while getting colonoscopies at VA medical facilities at Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Miami and getting treatment at an ear, nose and throat clinic at Augusta, Ga.

The VA said in an e-mail statement Friday that tests don't link patients' infections with procedures they underwent.

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