Latest South African National Blood Service Stories

2011-07-25 08:00:00

JOHANNESBURG, July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) presented new data which demonstrated that its use of Novartis nucleic acid testing (NAT) products to screen donated blood for HIV and Hepatitis has resulted in a significant increase in the safety of the South African blood supply. The data underscores SANBS' recent celebration of five years of successful effort to prevent the spread of HIV and Hepatitis from transfusion of infected blood. In...

2006-01-12 13:00:00

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's blood donor service has banned blood from sexually active homosexual men due to a higher risk of HIV, it said on Thursday, provoking an angry response from gay activists. "A man who has had sex with another man within the last five years, whether oral or anal sex, with or without a condom ... is not permitted to donate blood and must please not do so," Sapa news agency quoted the head of the South African National Blood Service, Dr. Robert Crookes, as...

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