Red Cross defied basic principles of blood safety by recruiting Hepatitis C-infected donors

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…



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