Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Safe blood since 2005

By Cindy Witten
16 July 2008


Since 2005 the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service has followed the implementing of a new blood testing introduced by the South African National Blood Service.
The service said that since the implementation, none of the donated blood has been contaminated with the HI Virus.
Marika Champions, SA spoke person for the South African National Blood Service says that the WPBTS has implemented the NAT test, which is a DNA based test, as implemented by the, SANBS, to detect early HIV infection.
“Since 2005, we haven’t had and confirmed reports of any HIV transmissions in the Province. So weare optimistic that NAT testing is helping to make the blood supply safer,” said Champions

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