Blood-Borne Pathogens

Publication Title: 
Indian Journal of Pathology & Microbiology

BACKGROUND: Patients with thalassemia major are largely transfusion dependent and are thus exposed to a variety of risks such as transmission of infectious diseases, iron overload and alloimmunization. This study was performed to determine the prevalence of human immune deficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and red cell antibodies among multiple-transfused thalassemic patients in and around the national capital region.

Author(s): 
Makroo, Raj Nath
Arora, Jatinder Singh
Chowdhry, Mohit
Bhatia, Aakanksha
Thakur, Uday Kumar
Minimol, Antony
Publication Title: 
Transfusion Clinique Et Biologique: Journal De La Societe Francaise De Transfusion Sanguine

Blood donation is an act of solidarity. Most often, this act is done on a volunteer basis and, depending on countries and circumstances, is not remunerated. The increase in need, the always-greater number of deferral criteria, the safety issues and the changes in the structures of our societies are among the many subjects for ethical debates.

Author(s): 
Tissot, J.-D.
Garraud, O.
Danic, B.
Cabaud, J.-J.
LefrËre, J.-J.
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Health Services: Planning, Administration, Evaluation

Nearly 20 years afer the licensure of a vaccine against the hepatitis B virus, an estimated 300,000 U.S. residents still become infected with the potentially fatal liver virus every year. One major reason for the persistence of hepatitis B is that few adolescents and adults whose sexual and drug-using behavior places them in danger of infection are able to obtain the vaccine. Public health authorities and legislators have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to vaccinate low-risk but politically popular babies, while largely ignoring high-risk older siblings, parents, aunts, and uncles.

Author(s): 
Sharfstein, J.
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