Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Veterans Exposed to HIV ???

CNN reports that a conspiracy into health care for war veterans may have left American heroes with HIV and hepatitis. The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched an investigation into a possible connection between improperly sterilized endoscopy equipment and exposure of HIV and hepatitis to 10,000 veterans. Three VA health care facilities are under investigation after veterans who were undergoing colonoscopies and other procedures were exposed to equipment that had not been properly cleaned.

"The VA prides itself on being accountable, and we are extremely concerned about this matter, and as a result we have initiated an investigation," Dr. Michael J. Kussman, the VA's undersecretary for health, said in a news release Friday. "We have an obligation to provide those who have served and sacrificed for our Nation the care they deserve."In result the VA is offering free testing to veterans. One case of HIV and 16 cases of hepatitis have been reported. The VA says it will pay for treatment for the infected vets even if they didn't get hepatitis or HIV from the dirty equipment.

*** I have to say this is unbelievable. First these guys sacrifice their safety (and sanity) for the country and now they have the possibility of catching some the most dangerous diseases known to man at the hands of government health care facilities??? Man what a way to repay their patriotism.***



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