HONG KONG'S AIDS Trust Fund wants to give millions of dollars to people who contracted the killer disease through blood transfusions - if it can find them. One year after the $350-million trust fund was established, some eligible patients have not asked for their share and others may not know they have HIV, the virus which can cause AIDS. ''There are people who could pick up $1 million just by putting in a form,'' AIDS Foundation spokesman Mike Sinclair said. ''Some have said they don't need the money, and some we're still trying to find.'' The ex-gratia payments, ranging from $300,000 to $1 million, were announced by the Health and Welfare Department in April last year, after a four-month compensation campaign led by the Sunday Morning Post. Queen Elizabeth Hospital AIDS specialist Dr Patrick Li Chung-ki said some Hong Kong haemophiliacs could have been infected without realising it. ''In an attempt to avoid stigmatising patients who were HIV-positive, there was a general decision [in the mid-1980s] to treat all haemophiliacs as if they were HIV-positive, so they would not need to be labelled in the wards,'' Dr Li said. ''There could be some who didn't get the message clearly enough and didn't realise they were HIV-positive, especially those with mild haemophilia who do not see a doctor regularly. ''Some may not see a doctor for many, many years,'' he said. AIDS Trust Fund secretary Tony Dickinson said the fund had paid out a pool of $31.5 million to 55 people, and two cases were still being processed. About $38 million has been claimed from the fund, most of which has gone in ex-gratia payments to blood transfusion victims. ''We'd encourage anyone who's eligible to apply,'' Mr Dickinson said. Two HIV patients who were married with dependent children received full compensation of $1 million each. Three married people without dependent children received $750,000 each, and there were 41 payments of $600,000 to single people. Nine families of dead HIV patients had received $300,000 each. Dr Li said some recipients had used their money to take a ''dream holiday'' while others had paid for home help or nursing. Some AIDS patients had died within weeks of receiving their cheques. Mr Dickinson said the Government had records of 65 HIV-positive blood transfusion cases, but feared some might have slipped through the public hospital nets. ''There may be a few cases which haven't come to our attention - people who've had transfusions in private hospitals,'' Mr Dickinson said. ''The attendant doctors have been extremely helpful - the doctors who've been treating the patients. They've put the word out. ''But I understand there were some who were reluctant to come forward because they were worried about the confidentiality aspect. Some people haven't told their families, their parents and so on. ''The only people who know the identity of the people who apply are myself and the Secretary for Health and Welfare,'' he said. Chairman of the working party which drew up the blueprint for the Trust Fund, Professor Ng Mun-hon, said money from the fund was meant to ease patients' final years. ''It's a token gesture but it's all we can do,'' he said. ''We considered that people - especially the children - should be compensated. ''There's nothing we can do medically for these people. It should cover part of the costs of medical maintenance. It's just to help them out, make their lives a little more bearable,'' Professor Ng said. ''But we were mindful of the possible abuse, given that there are so many countries around us which have these infections.'' The trust fund's selection committee checked that recipients had been infected with HIV in Hong Kong.