The Reasons for Blood Donation of HIV-infected Patients Detected from Blood Center, January - June 2009

Pei-Ling Liu

2009 Vol.25 NO.12

Correspondence Author: Pei-Ling Liu


According to the AIDS surveillance system in Taiwan CDC, from January to June 2009, the HIV infecton incidence in Blood Center samples was 4.88/100,000, which was higher than last year’s 2.52/100,000. This dramatically increased the risk of HIV transmission through blood transfusions. An investigation was necessary to ensure blood transfusion safety and to prevent HIV transmission through blood transfusions. The investigation revealed that 48% of the people in high-risk groups had insufficient self-awareness of the risk, and most had homosexual behavior. Some of these homosexual men believed that using condoms or having regular sex partner would be safe, and donated their blood to save other people’s lives. In addition, 26% of those who knew they are at high risk donated their blood because of peer pressure when the blood donation van visited. A few people considered insufficient accessibility for HIV screening and anonymous screening, or did not know about screening resources.
Keywords: AIDS, blood donation, high-risk group