NACO: HIV transmission via blood transfusion is less than 0.5% in India

The DNA revealed that HIV transmission via blood transfusion is less than 0.5% in the country as per the National Aids Control Organisation (NACO). The reason behind this low incidence is that India follows the blood safety programmed vigilantly. (Read: HIV diagnosis 5 tests to detect a recent HIV infection)

The HIV prevalence through blood transfusion is 0.01% in Maharashtra, the Maharashtra State Aids Control Society (MSACS) has revealed. However the safety of blood transfusion was question in RTI. The reply from NACO states that nearly 1,000 people contracted the virus in Maharashtra due to transfusion of infected blood over the past five years.

It was also said that, State Blood Transfusion Council ensures that all the safety procedures are followed and the blood is properly checked for any infections like HIV , Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Malaria and Syphilis and proper disposal of infected blood is done. (Read: 12 diseases that affect people with HIV/AIDS)

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The DNA also reported, Deputy director general and in-charge of ICTC and blood safety division in NACO, Dr Sunil Khaparde, saying, The RTI reply referred to ICTC data which are not diagnosed and confirmed cases. These are self propagated. Whenever in a voluntary blood donation a person tests positive for HIV, he is referred to ICTC for counseling.

Due to the stigma attached with the disease, many tend to give blood transfusion as the possible reason behind them getting the virus during counseling he said.

It becomes difficult to trace the blood bank that the client mentions and nailing a particular blood bank and taking action against them becomes impossible and the client's statement remains unverified, informed a senior official from MSACS.

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