Hepatitis C is the most common infection, detected in blood of potential donors, director of the state institution "Institute of blood pathology and transfusion medicine of NAMS of Ukraine" Vasyl Novak said during a round table "Infectious safety of donor blood and its components in Ukraine," ForUm correspondent reports.
In particular, he informed that in 2012, 1054 liters of donor blood were rejected after testing, because of detected HIV in its components, 1161 liter - because of detection of hepatitis B, 3024 liters - because of hepatitis C, and 1619 – because of syphilis.
"There is a common belief that donation contributes to spread of infections. This is not true. We identify infected people thanks to donation. So, we found that the highest rates of HIV are in Mykolayiv, Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk regions, and the lowest ones - in Zakarpattia, Kharkiv, Zaporizhia regions," the expert said.
"The highest rates for hepatitis C are in Kirovohrad, Odesa, Khmelnytsky regions, the lowest - in Volyn, Sumy, Rivne regions. Syphilis rates are the highest in Kirovohrad, Odesa, Zakarpattia regions, and the lowest ones in Sevastopol, Donetsk, Luhansk regions," Novak explained.
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