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India announces plan to inform HIV infected blood donors

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 14 December 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1380
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

India's health ministry last week announced that blood donors found to be HIV positive would be told of their infection and asked to seek confirmatory tests and counselling.

This will end the existing policy of anonymous testing in which blood infected with HIV is discarded without repeating the test and without informing the donor.

However, doctors working in blood transfusion services caution that the order would be “hard to implement” given the current decentralised, fragmented state of blood banking services in India.

Public health experts in the country have been concerned that HIV positive donors have been living without knowledge of their infection and possibly transmitting it …

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