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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 254-256

Prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus among blood donors at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center


Blood Rank Service, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Date of Web Publication30-Jun-2014

Correspondence Address:
Hind Al Humidan
Blood bank Services Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine P.O. Box 3354, Riyadh 11211
Saudi Arabia
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  Abstract 

Accurate estimates of the risk of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmis­sion from blood donations is essential to monitor the safety of the blood supply, to evaluate the accuracy of new screening tests, and for health authorities to generate preventive measures. In this study, we estimated the risk of transmit­ting HIV from screened blood units donated over a period of 3 years. Over 3 years, >70,000 blood donors were screened for HIV using different methods. The results of these tests were analyzed and correlated to donor history. The prevalence of HIV among the tested blood donors, which were confirmed by immunoblotting, was 0.02%. The estimated number of HIV cases per 100,000 over the 3-year period was 74 cases. In conclusion, the risk of transmitting HIV by the transfusion of screened blood is very small, and the introduction of new screening tests will reduce this risk even further.


How to cite this article:
Al Humidan H, Qutob M, Badawi S, Kadadh E, Owaidah T. Prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus among blood donors at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center. J Appl Hematol 2011;2:254-6

How to cite this URL:
Al Humidan H, Qutob M, Badawi S, Kadadh E, Owaidah T. Prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus among blood donors at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center. J Appl Hematol [serial online] 2011 [cited 2021 Dec 2];2:254-6. Available from: https://www.jahjournal.org/text.asp?2011/2/3/254/135688

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