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  • When blood is donated, a blood bank runs a test on donated blood to ensure that it is HIV-free.
  • At times, blood from a donor, is detected as HIV positive.
  • It is the duty of the blood bank, to notify that particular donor that he has been detected with HIV.
  • This is essential so that they can be sent to the ICTC centres for counselling and treatment.

The SBTC has been made aware that a few blood banks fail to do so. In response to this, the organisation has dispatched a letter with suggestions to all blood banks in the city and the state.

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While speaking to My Medical Mantra, SBTC Joint Director, Dr Arun Thorat, said, “It is the responsibility of the blood banks to inform the blood donor that they are infected with HIV. It is the law. We have come to know that a few blood banks don’t do this. For this reason, we have sent a letter and made a few suggestions to all blood banks.”

According to information provided by the Mumbai AIDS Control Society, from 2014 to 2017 – 78 people who donated blood were detected with HIV. It is vital for blood banks to send these donors to ICTC centres, as the sudden knowledge that they are suffering from HIV can come as a shock to them and they might take an extreme step.

While Dr Shrikala Acharya additional project director of the Mumbai District AIDS Control Society (MDACS), said, “According to set criteria, if a person who has donated blood at a camp is found to be infected with HIV. Then, they must be counselled and sent to the ICTC centre. This responsibility lies with the blood banks. They must inform the donor about his/her HIV status. But very few blood banks follow through with this.”

She added, “There are 28 blood banks in Mumbai, out of the 58 blood banks, are supported by our organisation. Now, taking stock of this situation the SBTC has sent a letter. This should prove beneficial.”

The SBTC has sent a letter to the blood banks so that the infected donor can timely treatment and be adequately counselled.

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