Number of HIV-Positive Blood Donors in Japan Reaches Record High in 2007
January 24, 2008
The number of blood donors in Japan who tested positive for HIV reached a record high of 102 in 2007, according to preliminary data released on Wednesday by the Japanese Red Cross Society, Kyodo News/AOL reports. The report -- which was submitted to a Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry committee -- showed that the number of HIV-positive donors in 2007 increased by 15 compared with 2006 and surpassed the previous record of 92 in 2004. The number also exceeded 100 for the first time since 1986, when the HIV antibody test was introduced for blood donors. The report showed that the number of blood donors per 100,000 living with HIV also reached a record high of 2.06 in 2007. The number of total blood donors in the country reached its lowest level of about 4.9 million last year.
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