Posted by: concerned mom | 2008/02/03


Can you pick up HIV from immunoglobulin?

My son was diagnosed with Gillian Barre Syndorme in 2004. Although he has recovered well he does still experience some residual effects,ie, hand tremors, he has a slight drop foot still and is extremely easily fatigued. This is my concern. He received 6 bottles of immunoglobulin intravenously over a period of 6 days in hopspital. As this is a blood product, what are the chances of him picking up the HI Virus? He catches a cold very easily and it also seems to develope into more complications easily. He also tires very quickly when he has a busy day. In fact, last year we had to prohibit him from doing sport for two terms as he couldnt cope with the physical demands of sport and also the academic demands of school.
Please shed some light. (he was 8 at the time.)

Expert's Reply



Guillain Barre Syndrome is a serious viral illness which may result in a temporary paralysis of most muscles in the body.Your child has recovered well but is left with common complications especially the foot drop and significant post-viral fatigue. It is highly unlikely that he would have picked up Aids from the immunoglobulin he was given as all blood products are very rigorously tested and screened for HIV.He needs to take things very easy and is just not ready for vigorous sports yet.As you have experienced here it can take years to recover fully from this illness.

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