21 February 2013

Tunisia: Saudi Girl Accidentally Given HIV-Positive Blood During Transfusion

The Case of a 12 year-old girl, Reham al-Hakam, who reportedly received a transfusion of HIV-positive blood, has sparked outrage across Saudi Arabian society, with angry calls for the Health Minister to resign.

Reham al-Hakam went to her local hospital to receive a blood transfusion. A few hours later, hospital workers arrived at al-Hakim's home to tell her parents they accidentally gave her HIV-positive blood.

HIV and AIDS remain taboo subjects in Saudi Arabia.

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