The South African National Blood Service has revealed
that blood transfusions are now safe from HIV infections ever since they began
adopting specialized tests two years ago.
The introduction of nucleic acid amplification testing
(NAT) in October 2005 has seen total safety in blood transfusions, according to
SANBS medical director Dr Sam Gulube.
"South Africa is the first country in the world to
have implemented individual NAT testing on such a large scale, taking the lead
from First World countries such as the US and UK," said Gulube.
Gulube also said that
2 percent of donated blood was discarded each year, but added most people
wanted to do blood donation as they wanted to help somebody.