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Man who gave blood jailed for hiding HIV diagnosis

April 23, 2007

Crown Point -- A judge has sentenced a man to two years in prison for concealing that he was HIV-positive when he gave blood to a Hammond plasma center.

Michael Ivy, 46, East Chicago, pleaded guilty last month to donating or selling blood contaminated with the human immunodeficiency virus to Bio-Blood Component Inc. on Sept. 13.
In addition to the two years in prison, Lake County Criminal Court Judge Robert Lewis on Friday ordered Ivy to serve one year on probation.

When giving blood products to Bio-Blood last summer, Ivy checked the "no" box on a questionnaire that asked whether he was HIV positive. Court records show he gave blood three times last September before Bio-Blood tested a specimen and found it HIV positive. State law requires contaminated blood to be destroyed.
Court records did not indicate whether Ivy was paid for his blood.

Ivy acknowledged he was diagnosed with HIV in August 2002. A doctor at St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago confirmed the diagnosis in November 2002 and told Ivy he could never again give blood, plasma or tissue.

From Star and news service reports

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