Controversies about guidelines to prevent the transmission of human immunodeficiency virus in hospitals in Britain.


The widespread screening of donors of blood, organs and semen for HIV antibody has contributed greatly to the prevention of spread of HIV to patients in British hospitals. The chances of patients acquiring HIV from a contaminated blood transfusion are now estimated at less than 1 in 1 million and factor VIII for haemophiliacs, which is also heat treated, is… (More)