Boys infected with HIV during secret trial

  • Infected Blood Inquiry

  • curated by Dawn O'Shea
  • UK Medical News
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The Infected Blood Inquiry has heard that at least 50 boys could have been infected with HIV after being secretly enrolled in trials of blood products at Treloar's College in Hampshire, a specialist disability school that offered places to haemophiliacs in the 1970s and 1980s.

In a statement, one of the boys, Adrian Goodyear, told the inquiry his records show he was among the group of 50 boys enrolled in an eight-month trial of a blood product. He said neither he nor his parents were informed about his participation in the trial.

"I believe everyone in that trial became infected with HIV," he told the inquiry.

“I believe that Treloar’s was a ‘gift’ of an establishment for pharmaceutical companies to try out their products whilst knowingly, little boys and young adults were being maimed and harmed en masse," he said.

He called on the inquiry to seek accountability for the decisions that led to so many of his peers being infected.

Almost 5000 people have been infected with HIV and hepatitis C by infected blood products used to treat haemophilia, or from transfusions of contaminated whole blood used in the NHS. 

The majority of infected haemophiliacs received blood products imported from the United States made with blood sourced from prisoners, drug users and sex workers.