Seroprevalence of Co-Infections Among Blood Donors in A Blood Bank of A Tertiary Health Care Centre

  • Ashwin Khageshan Pattanshetty Associate Professor Department of pathology S.N.Medical College, Bagalkot.
  • Keshav R Kulkarni Asst.Professor, Dept. of pathology, S.N.Medical college, Bagalkot
  • Mahesh C Baragundi Professor, Dept of Microbiology, S.N.Medical college, Bagalkot.
Keywords: Co-infection, HIV, HBV HCV, Malaria, Syphilis, Transfusion.


INTRODUCTION: Transfusion transmissible infections (TTIs) like HIV, HBV, HCV, syphilis and malaria are major problems associated with blood transfusion practices. Because of shared modes of transmission, co-infection with HIV, HBV and HCV is a significant occurrence, particularly in areas where these viruses are endemic and even amongst apparently healthy subjects like blood donors. Hence the study was undertaken to analyze the prevalence and patterns of co-infections among voluntary and replacement donors in our geographical areaMETHODS: The present study was carried out in Blood bank of S.N Medical College, Bagalkot from July 2012 to June 2013. Two ml of blood sample was collected in labeled pilot tube at the time of collection of blood from donor tubing of blood bag. Serum was separated. The samples were tested for HIV, HBV, HCV, Malaria and Syphilis.RESULTS: Out of the 8187 blood donors, 7461 (91.13%) were replacement donors and remaining 726 (8.87%) were voluntary donors. Co-infection was seen in 8 (0.09%) donors.CONCLUSION: Co infections are more common among replacement donors. Since co infected individuals are at greater risk of hepatotoxicity following treatment with antiviral drugs, care should be taken to detect all infections among otherwise healthy donors.

Author Biographies

Ashwin Khageshan Pattanshetty, Associate Professor Department of pathology S.N.Medical College, Bagalkot.
Associate professorDepartment of pathology
Keshav R Kulkarni, Asst.Professor, Dept. of pathology, S.N.Medical college, Bagalkot
Mahesh C Baragundi, Professor, Dept of Microbiology, S.N.Medical college, Bagalkot.


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