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dc.creatorVučetić, Dušan
dc.creatorKecman, Gorica
dc.creatorIlić, Vesna
dc.creatorBalint, Bela
dc.description.abstractBackground. Members of armed forces worldwide are considered to be very susceptible to sexually transmitted infections, thus falling into a high-risk group of blood donors regarding transfusion-transmissible infections. In the Serbian Military Medical Academy a significant number (44% for the period 2005-2013) of blood donations were from members of the Serbian Army. The aim of this study was to determine the significance of military blood donors for the safety of blood transfusion. Material and methods. Between January 2005 and December 2013, a total of 155,479 blood donations were tested for hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and syphilis using serological assays (enzyme immunoassays, chemiluminescent microparticle immunoassay and western blot) and molecular testing (polymerase chain reaction analysis). Results. The percentage of blood donations positive for transfusion-transmissible infections in the estimated period was 0.38%, and the percentage of HBV, HCV, HIV and syphilis positive blood donations was 0.20%, 0.12%, 0.005% and 0.06%, respectively. During that period, the percentage of all transfusion-transmissible infections, and in particular of HBV and HCV, declined significantly. In contrast, the percentage of HIV and syphilis positive blood donations remained unchanged. Higher rates of positivity for transfusion-transmissible infections in blood donations from members of the Serbian Army were not found, especially after mandatory military service was abolished in 2009. Discussion. The reported rate of positivity for transfusion-transmissible infections in blood donations from the Military Medical Academy was considered low. This information is of great significance for further implementation of public health measures.en
dc.publisherSimiti Servizi Srl, Milan
dc.relationMinistry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia [VMA/06-10B.20]
dc.relationinfo:eu-repo/grantAgreement/MESTD/Basic Research (BR or ON)/175062/RS//
dc.sourceBlood Transfusion
dc.subjectblood donationsen
dc.subjectmembers of armed forcesen
dc.subjecttransfusion-transmitted infectionsen
dc.titleBlood donors' positivity for transfusion-transmissible infections: the Serbian Military Medical Academy experienceen
dc.citation.other13(4): 569-575

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