Transmission of HIV through blood and blood products in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
AbstractOver 90% of recipients of HIV infected blood will seroconvert. In the Region 368 cases were due to transmission through blood or blood products. With establishment of HIV screening facilities, the proportion of AIDS cases due to blood transmission has decreased. AIDS due to blood transmission will continue to occur due to the time lag between the occurrence of HIV infection and appearance of AIDS. HIV seroprevalence among recipients of multiple blood transfusions decreased from 270 per 10 000 in 1987-89 to 7 per 10 000 in 1995. Effective methods are available for prevention of HIV transmission through blood, but antigen and PCR tests are expensive and not recommended for screening of blood donations in developing countries
Shrestha, P.N. (1996). Transmission of HIV through blood and blood products in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/119228
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 2 (2), 283-289, 1996
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