Published in AIDS Weekly, October 28th, 1996
The more commonly encountered strains of HIV-1 represent the real transfusion risk, indicated F. Mozzi, Centro Trasfusionale e di Immunologia dei Trapianti, Milano, Italy, and colleagues ("HIV-1 Subtype O and Transfusion Safety: Survey of Thalassemia Patients," abstract S129, Transfusion, September 1996;36(9S):33S).
They noted that recent reports of HIV-1 subtype O (sub-O) infection in Europe, coupled with the poor sensitivity in detecting anti-sub-O antibodies demonstrated by currently used donor blood screening tests has caused concern about the safety of transfused...
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