27% of blood donations are HIV-positive, reports DOH

Inquirer.net-citing data from the National Voluntary Blood Safety Program of the Department of Health (DOH)-reports that "one out of every four blood units donated to the government in June tested positive for the highly contagious human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)."

Inquirer.net-citing data from the National Voluntary Blood Safety Program of the Department of Health (DOH)-reports that "one out of every four blood units donated to the government in June tested positive for the highly contagious human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)."

 

Inquirer.net went on to note: "Based on the department's HIV/AIDS registry report last month, 27 percent, or 32 out of the 118 donated blood packs, were found to be contaminated with the virus as confirmed by tests conducted by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM). After another round of tests, 32 of the donated blood units were found positive for HIV. The rest tested negative while the results for four more were inconclusive."

In fact, according to the report, last month’s findings brought to 102 the donated blood units that have been found to be contaminated with HIV since the start of the year. Inquirer.net pointed put: "It was also the highest number of HIV-positive blood units recorded since January. A total of 11 blood units were found positive for the virus in January; 15 in February, 14 in March, 20 in April and 10 in May."

 

The Inquirer.net report quoted Dr. Gerard Belimac, head of the DoH National AIDS/Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention and Control Program, who said: "Our main message to the public is that if they [have been] exposed to risky behaviors, please avoid donating blood [as] you could be donating your blood to loved ones and to your friends."

 

For more on this story, log on to Inquirer.net.

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