Published in Hepatitis Weekly, January 29th, 2001
At present, only 18 countries - eight in the English-speaking Caribbean, eight in Latin America, and two in North America - report screening 100% of donated blood for the viruses that cause AIDS, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. Dr. Jose Ramiro Cruz, PAHO, said, "This means that annually, around 50,000 units of blood are transfused without being screened for HIV and...
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