The nature of the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) epidemic and the methods used to protect the blood supply from contamination by the AIDS virus indicate that an increasing number of actions seeking recovery for post-transfusion infection may reach the courts in the next decade. The theories under which plaintiffs usually seek relief for transfusion-related infection - e.g., negligence or strict liability - lead to complex factual, procedural, and public policy problems which do not readily lend themselves to consistent, just adjudication.

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