Festschrift: Professor Hendrik Johannes Koornhof

The impact of HIV/AIDS on blood transfusion practice in South Africa:

Trefor Jenkins


Blood transfusion has become an essential component of modern medical practice. World-wide epidemics of various viral diseases, in particular, HIV/AIDS, have made the practice of blood transfusion therapy hazardous, challenging scientists to devise techniques and strategies to ensure a supply of safe blood and blood components for clinical use. The challenges are particularly great in sub-Saharan Africa where clinicians have become so accustomed to using blood transfusion in their practice of medicine that it may be difficult for them to reduce their dependence on it. A number of ethical issues raised by the practice of blood transfusion in medicine are raised and discussed in this communication.

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Genetics; Ethics; Blood transfusion

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South African Medical Journal 2007;97(11):1206.

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Date submitted: 2007-07-10
Date published: 2007-11-23

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