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1 in 3 infected with HIV in blood scandal was a child

Almost one out of every three people infected with HIV through contaminated NHS blood products in the 1970s and 80s was a child, research has found.

About 380 children with haemophilia and other blood disorders are now thought to have contracted the virus.

The new estimate was produced by the public inquiry into the disaster, after a BBC News report into the scandal.

In August, the government agreed to pay survivors and the partners of those who died compensation.

The first interim payments of £100,000 per person were made last month.

The initial agreement does not cover bereaved parents or the children of those who have died.

A wider announcement on compensation is expected when the inquiry concludes, next year.

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Source: BBC News, 9 November 2022


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