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Blood Transfusions in SA Safe from HIV

by Rajashri on July 15, 2008 at 3:46 PM
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 Blood Transfusions in SA Safe from HIV

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.

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"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.

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