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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


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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.
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.
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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