NBC News — One of Taiwan's best regarded hospitals has transplanted organs from an HIV carrier into five patients. A hospital official confirmed the error monday. A national Taiwan University Hospital official said that the five were now being treated with anti-AIDS drugs.
In a posting on its website over the weekend, the hospital said the mistake occurred because a transplant staffer believed he heard the English word "non-reactive" on the donor's standard HIV test which meant negative while the word "reactive" was actually given. The hospital added that the information on the test result was given over the telephone and was not double checked, as required by standard operating procedures.