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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Voronezh Woman Awarded $134,000 in Damages

The Central District Court in Voronezh has awarded a woman who contracted HIV in a blood transfusion 3.5 million rubles (nearly $134,000) in damages, a court spokesman told Interfax on Wednesday.

The woman, whose name has not been made public, filed suit last November against the regional health department and the local blood bank seeking 10 million rubles in damages, said the woman's lawyer, Valery Koltsov, Itar-Tass reported.

The woman was infected in the spring of 2005 in a plasma transfusion at the Zheleznodorozhny maternity clinic in Voronezh, though she was diagnosed only six months later.

Some 200 Voronezh residents who had potentially been exposed to the tainted blood were subsequently tested for HIV, but no further cases of infection were discovered.

An investigation determined that the blood bank had discovered the HIV-positive blood several days before the woman received her transfusion.

Prosecutors filed charges against a former senior physician at the blood bank, identified only as V. Gorbachyov, but the doctor was cleared under an amnesty.

Despite the amnesty, however, the court ruled that the organizations involved could be held responsible for the woman's pain and suffering.

"This is the first court decision of its kind in Russia in a case of someone infected by HIV-positive blood," Koltsov said.