Published in Blood Weekly, July 17th, 1995
Numerous factors have hindered the prevention of transfusion-associated HIV in Africa. In fact, an earlier survey showed that transfusion services in eight of 29 sub-Saharan African nations that responded were not required to screen collected blood for HIV antibodies.
Previous consideration of risk factor deferral in Africa has mainly concluded that no easily measured risk factor would effectively distinguish between HIV-infected and uninfected donors. This is because the epidemic in Africa occurs in...
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