The blood banks had started to follow this in letter and spirit. But in some cases, it was difficult to send the HIV+ person to the ICTC centre as they mentioned a wrong address or number on the form. Hence, the SBTC has asked the blood banks to request the blood donor to present their Aadhar card for verification of their correct address.
- 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 referred to the ICTC centres for counselling and treatment.
It is observed that all the HIV reactive donors are not referred by the blood banks to ICTC Centres under MSACS/ MDACS for counselling. One of the reasons for not referring such donors was that the contact details/ complete address of the donors who are detected as sero positive are not available with the blood banks.
Sometimes the contact details given by the donor are incorrect or incomplete. Therefore it becomes difficult to contact such HIV reactive donors for counselling and further treatment.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, SBTC Joint Director, Dr Arun Thorat, said, “All the blood banks in charge are requested to ensure to obtain correct address and contact details of each and every donor so that there is no difficulty in contacting seroactive donors and follow up with them.”
The issue was discussed in the 41st meeting of Governing Board of SBC held on August 13, 2019 and it was decided to explore the mechanisms like obtaining copy of Aadhar Card, Voter ID or any other proof to verify correctness of address which will facilitate contacting the HIV positive donor and referring them to ICTC Centre for counselling and further treatment.