US reports 1st HIV case spread by live organ donor

March 17, 2011 21:01

NEW YORK - A New York man has contracted the AIDS virus in the nation's first case of transmission from a living organ donor since a screening test was implemented to prevent such infection, the New York State Department of Health said on Thursday.

The recipient of a live kidney transplant in a New York City hospital tested positive for the HIV virus, department spokeswoman Claudia Hutton said.

While screening was properly conducted, the donor apparently contracted the virus after the screening test but in the days before the surgery, she said.

"In the intervening time from initial testing, the donor engaged in some risky behavior and contracted HIV," Hutton said. "The donor and the recipient are now aware of it and how it happened."

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