The Red Cross actively encouraged people it knew were infected with Hepatitis C to continue to donate blood in defiance of basic principles of blood safety. All the following stories were contained in submissions made to the 2004 Senate inquiry into Hepatitis C and the blood supply in Australia.
After a serious motorbike accident in the early 1970s, Michael Pollack was transfused with blood contaminated with Hepatitis C. He only discovered he had the illness in 1990 after receiving a letter from the Red Cross following a blood donation.
The letter, dated July 11, 1990, asked him to keep donating even after he raised concerns about doing so.
The letter stated:
“The antibody screening test indicates that you may be carrying the…