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UKRAINE: Hepatitis C Most Often Detected in Potential Donors Blood


forUm (06.03.2013) Aids Weekly Plus

Vasyl Novak, director of Ukraine’s Institute of Blood Pathology and Transfusion Medicine of NAMS, recently reported during a roundtable on “Infectious Safety of Donor Blood and Its Components in Ukraine” that hepatitis C is the most commonly detected virus found in the blood of potential donors in Ukraine. Negating the common misconception that infections are spread through blood donation, Novak explained that the institute often identifies individuals with infections through the blood donation process. Citing statistics for 2012, Novak reported that blood screening led to the institute rejecting 1,054 liters of donor blood due to HIV detection; 1,161 liters due to hepatitis B detection; 1,619 liters due to syphilis detection; and 3,024 liters due to hepatitis C detection.


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