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Medical decision making and risky choices: psychological and medicolegal consequences of HIV and HCV contamination of blood products

Authors Riva S, Del Sordo S, Genovese U, Pravettoni G

Received 18 March 2017

Accepted for publication 17 May 2017

Published 24 August 2017 Volume 2017:9 Pages 161—165

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/HIV.S137419

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Bassel Sawaya


S Riva,1 S Del Sordo,2,3 U Genovese,1,3 G Pravettoni1

1Department of Oncology and Hemato-oncology, University of Milan, Italy; 2FOLSATEC (Foundations & Ethics of the Life Sciences) PhD School, University of Milan, Milan, Italy; 3Healthcare Accountability Lab, University of Milan, Milan, Italy

Aims: The overall goal of this article is to make a scientific comment about the psycho-social consequences of hemophilia patients affected by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and/or hepatitis C virus (HCV) and to point out the related medicolegal issues.
Methods: This commentary takes into account some published evidences about the current scenario of hemophilia patients infected by HIV and/or HCV who received contaminated blood products in the late 1970s through 1985.
Results:
Several psychological and medicolegal consequences are related with HIV and HCV contamination of blood products. A multidisciplinary approach is needed to treat all the difficulties experienced by these patients and to ensure good clinical decisions in medical practice.
Conclusion:
The literature on the psychosocial functioning of hemophilia patients with human HIV and HCV infection offers a number of implications, including medicolegal issues, that can be discussed for guaranteeing a good level of care and safeguard of this group of patients.

Keywords: hemophilia, viral contaminated blood products, monetary compensation, medico-legal issues, medical decision making

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