Police investigate after two HIV-positive people donate plasma

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Two Indianapolis people could face charges after they tried to donate plasma, knowing they were HIV positive. The Indiana State Department of Health reported the incident to police earlier this week.

The incident happened Dec. 26, 2013 at the Plasma Care Center downtown Indianapolis. Police said a man and woman gave donations, but they did not inform the clinic about their HIV status. Although the incident happened on the same day its unclear if the two individuals knew each other.

According to police reports, investigators notified the woman of her status in 2006. The man was made aware of his status in 2007.

After learning they had tested positive, both of them signed forms detailing the laws and duties of HIV positive individuals.

Regular plasma donor Tracey Applebee saidshe trusts the screening process and glad these two people were caught.

“When I’m back there getting ready to get stuck they change their gloves and the people in the little booth that screen us and prick our finger they put new gloves on every time I go in there so they’re doing what they’re supposed to do,” said Applebee.

Public relations director of Grifols Plasma Care, Vlasta Hakes, told FOX 59 News they test every donor’s blood for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. She wants to reassure donors that their screening process is thorough.

“We are committed to having the highest standard of plasma quality and the safety of our donors. Our donors come first so we make sure that all the safety and quality steps and protocol are in place for the safety of the donors and obviously for the safety of the plasma,” said Hakes.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, 32 HIV positive donors tried to donate plasma for cash in 2013. Those individuals were not aware of their status, therefore can not face charges.

The two individuals who knew their status could face a Class C felony charge of knowingly and intentionally transferring contaminated blood.

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