To the Editor.—
We examined the status of recipients of blood products (transfused before April 1985) derived from donors who on subsequent donations (after April 1985) were discovered to be positive for antibody to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This process is commonly referred to as "look back."1 We report herein the status of 94 recipients of previous blood donations made by 31 donors. These donors were positive for antibody to HIV on an enzyme immunoassay as well as on Western blot testing.
Thirty-five of the 94 recipients were female; 59 were male. Of the 35 female recipients, 25 had died, eight were still alive, and the status of two was unknown. Of the 59 male recipients, 45 had died, eight were still alive, and the status of six was unknown.Seven female recipients were tested for the presence of antibody to HIV from 468 to 2808 days
Kakaiya RM, Cable RG, Keltonic J. Look Back: The Status of Recipients of Blood From Donors Subsequently Found to Have Antibody to HIV. JAMA. 1987;257(9):1176–1177. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390090048014