Transfusion gave anti-terror militant HIV

19th January 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 19 (AFP) - A leading French campaigner for victims of terrorism, Francoise Rudetzki, who survived a 1983 restaurant bombing in Paris, has revealed that she was infected with the HIV virus when in hospital after the attack.

PARIS, Jan 19 (AFP) - A leading French campaigner for victims of terrorism, Francoise Rudetzki, who survived a 1983 restaurant bombing in Paris, has revealed that she was infected with the HIV virus when in hospital after the attack.

In a new autobiography entitled "Triple punishment," the founder of SOS-Attacks tells how she was given large amounts of blood at a time when proper screening had yet to be introduced and learned later in 1984 that she was HIV-positive.

"The attack had not killed me; I was fighting to keep my legs; I had come out of seven weeks of intensive care during which I had come near to death. I knew its smell ... I had come out of all that, and then there was AIDS," she said in an interview with L'Express magazine.

Asked why she had kept her infection secret, she said it was to spare the feelings of her daughter - then aged ten - as well as her parents, Jews who had survived the holocaust. "And then there was the stigma, the exclusion ... So I kept quiet," she said.

Rudetzki said she was taking drugs to contain the infection. "I believe I am the proof that you can stay very active despite AIDS. You mustn't let yourself be beaten by the disease," she said.

The third punishment of the title refers to the suffering of her family at the hands of the Nazis. Three of Rudetzki's grandparents, three aunts and an uncle died in the extermination camps.

"When I was delirious in hospital, I used to shout out about just one thing over and again - the holocaust, the concentration and extermination camps, the gas-chambers .... When I was unconscious, under the effects of the medicine, the story of my family came back to the surface," she said.

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