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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 43  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 217-221

Monitoring response rate of blood donors concerning positive screening tests for HIV and syphilis: an institutional approach toward donor hemovigilance

1 Department of Pathology, Jinnah Medical and Dental College, Karachi, Pakistan
2 Section of Hematology and Transfusion Medicine, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

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Maria Ali
Department of Pathology, Jinnah Medical and Dental College, Shaheed-e-Millat Road, Karachi, 74800
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ejh.ejh_17_18

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Objective To investigate the response rate among our blood donors when notified about their positive screening results of HIV and syphilis. Study setting An observational study conducted at a Division of Hematology, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Aga Khan University Hospital from January 2013 to December 2014. Materials and methods Computerized donor inventory data were retrieved. The frequency of screening-positive donors for HIV and syphilis was calculated and the donors were informed through telephone to provide fresh samples for confirmatory tests. The frequency of those donors who responded by providing fresh blood sample was computed. Results Of the total 1684 screening-positive doors, 255 were reactive for syphilis and 11 were reactive for HIV. Only 232 (91%) of the venereal disease research laboratory positive were successfully contacted, out of these only 65 (28%) gave fresh samples and treponema pallidum particle agglutination (TPHA) test results confirmed 56 (86%) donors as positive and nine (14%) as negative for syphilis. On the other hand, of the11 anti-HIV-reactive donors 10 (91%) were successfully approached, five (50%) donors showed a positive response by giving fresh samples for Western blot confirmatory test, which affirmed three (60%) donors to be positive and two (40%) donors to be negative for HIV. Conclusion The results reverberate the lack of awareness among our blood donors. Better predonation counseling can improve the overall outcome.

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