(Associated Press) A man's lawsuit against Blood Bank of Hawaii, the American Red Cross and others says that he became HIV-positive from a blood transfusion during bypass surgery in 2011.
In 2013, the man tested positive for HIV with AIDS, the lawsuit said. The blood bank and Red Cross provided blood-transfusion products to hospitals in Hawaii, including the one where he underwent surgery, the lawsuit said. Other unidentified corporations and agencies are defendants.
The defendants "failed, neglected, and/or refused to conduct a full and complete screening and testing of the blood that was transfused into" the man, according to the lawsuit, which was first filed in state court last year, but was transferred to federal court earlier this week at the Red Cross' request.
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