2nd recipient of HIV-tainted blood not infected: health ministry

A woman in her 80s who received a transfusion of HIV-contaminated blood that slipped through safety checks by the Japanese Red Cross Society is not infected with the AIDS-causing virus, the health ministry said Friday.

The woman had received blood from the same donation that on Tuesday was found to have infected a man in his 60s with the virus.

The woman and the man received blood transfusions in February and October, respectively. The blood was donated by an HIV-positive man in his 40s in February, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare and the Red Cross.