Anywhere between 50 percent and 78 percent of the hemophiliac
population alive in 1982 was infected with HIV.
In light of the importance of the correlation argument, it is astonishing that no controlled studies have been done for three of the major risk groups: transfusion recipients, hemophiliacs
, and drug abusers.
Before Factor VIII, a hemophiliac
could expect two, maybe three, decades of a life crowded with visits to the hospital for voluminous transfusions.
The association is the only one of its kind in the country, and is unable to provide sufficient treatment to Lebanon's hemophiliac
community of around 500 people.
The CDC links AIDS to blood and identifies risk groups: gay and bisexual men, injection-drug users, hemophiliacs
, and Haitian natives.
Relief from this inherited clotting disorder, hemophilia B, has now come a step closer, thanks to gene therapy performed on a unique group of hemophiliac
They both know that many of Ryan's hemophiliac
friends have already died.
KS, he notes, is seen mostly in gay men, while "weight loss and tuberculosis predominate in intravenous drug users, and pneumonia and candidiasis are almost the only two of the 30 AIDS-defining diseases that are diagnosed in hemophiliacs
community became infected with the AIDS virus.
5) Mounting evidence indicates that what is called "AIDS" in hemophiliacs
is caused not by HIV but by the (curable) effect of foreign proteins from treatment with unpurified Factor 8, the blood coagulant that saves hemophiliacs
from an early death due to prolonged internal bleeding.
Perhaps Sinead O'Connor is angry with the pope because, in 1988, he and Carlo Caffarra of the Pontifical Institute for Marriage and Family Matters suggested that, if an AIDS-stricken hemophiliac
husband could not abstain from intercourse, it was better to infect his wife than to ever resort to using a condom.
The last AIDS-related bill to pass, in 1990, was the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resource Emergency Act (named for a teen-age hemophiliac
who contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion).