Today, December 1 is observed as World Aids Day. Established in 1988 by the World Health Organization, this day is established to ensure renewed and continual attention to the threat posed by HIV-AIDS. It is estimated by the Centers for Disease and Control that over 1 million people in the United States are currently living with HIV infection.
Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) observes and acknowledges this day in honor of our community members who contracted HIV and Hepatitis C after injecting contaminated anti-hemophilic clotting factor into their bodies prior to 1985. Approximately ten-thousand people with Hemophilia contracted HIV (and Hepatitis C) during this time and no less than eight thousand have died.
In honor of our community members who are deceased and those who still struggle with co-morbidities contracted from contaminated products, we offer our gratitude for your heroic diligence and sacrifice in ensuring a relatively safe blood supply for all.