The use of blood donor data for HIV surveillance purposes

Endang Sedyaningsih-Mamahit, Nicola Schinaia, Stefano Lazzari, Neff Walker, Gaby Vercauteren

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We reviewed the use of HIV prevalence data from blood donors for surveillance purposes and for the estimation of HIV prevalence. Fifty countries with generalized epidemics were considered. Data on HIV prevalence in blood donors were compared with published estimates of adult HIV prevalence. In most of the 19 countries with similar estimates, blood donations came primarily from replacement donors. Our analysis suggests that blood donors are usually not a good proxy for the general population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1849-1851
Number of pages3
Issue number13
StatePublished - Sep 3 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases


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