Chinese Officials Announce Stricter Punishment for Contaminated Blood Sales
The Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate of China recently released details of a new law regarding illegal blood sales, which state that any agent collecting or supplying blood that causes at least five people to become infected with HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, hepatitis C or syphilis could face a sentence of 10 years to life in prison, the AP/Yahoo! News reports (AP/Yahoo! News, 9/23). According to Ni Shouming, spokesperson for the Supreme People's Procuratorate, blood suppliers who do not comply with national standards also could face a prison sentence of less than 10 years (Xie, China Daily, 9/23).
Many of the 40,000 HIV-positive people living in China's Henan province were infected with the virus through unsanitary blood collection drives approved by the local government (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 9/19). The Ministry of Health in 2006 created regulations on laboratory testing, storage and transportation of blood plasma, as well as reporting adverse reactions, after the discovery of a contaminated blood operation in Bei'an that led to 19 people contracting HIV (China Daily, 9/23). It is now illegal to sell blood in China without approval by officials (AP/Yahoo! News, 9/23).