Prevalence of HIV-1 in blood donations following implementation of a structured blood safety policy in South Africa.

@article{Heyns2006PrevalenceOH,
  title={Prevalence of HIV-1 in blood donations following implementation of a structured blood safety policy in South Africa.},
  author={Anthon du P. Heyns and Richard J Benjamin and J P Ronel Swanevelder and Megan E Laycock and Brandee L Pappalardo and Robert L Crookes and David G. Wright and Michael P. Busch},
  journal={JAMA},
  year={2006},
  volume={295 5},
  pages={519-26}
}
CONTEXT The South African National Blood Service collects more than 700,000 units of blood annually from a population in which 11.4% is infected with human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1). The prevalence of HIV-1 in blood donations increased to 0.26% (1:385) in 1998, indicating that a significant number of window-period infective units were entering the blood supply (risk 3.4/100,000). OBJECTIVES To determine whether the implementation of a new donor selection policy and educational program… CONTINUE READING

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