DOH to public: Don’t donate blood just to be tested for HIV PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 July 2016 11:19

By R.G. ANTONET GO

The Department of Health (DOH) regional office 9 has called on the public not to donate blood if they just wanted to be tested for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) as this is dangerous especially for those who will receive their blood.

“Si el donor after lang sabe suyu HIV status then do not be a blood donor. That is not the place for you we have our social hygiene clinic if you just want to be tested for HIV kasi tan put tu at risk akel ken recibi dituyu sangre,” Clarisa Jose, DOH regional HIV and AIDS coordinator, said

Blood transfusion is one way of transmitting HIV to include sexual intercourse; mother to child transmission; and injecting drug use.

For Zamboanga City, there were 10 HIV cases discovered thru blood donation.

“Tiene ya mira cases yan positive for HIV thru blood donation. El dalida de sangre pasil lang, unrato lang, pero debe tiene responsibilidad el ken quien ta dona sangre,” Jose stressed.

She added if you just want to know your status and then you do not tell the truth about your sexual history, you put the one who will be getting your blood at risk for a lot of diseases.

Some prefer to donate blood just to know their HIV status because during blood donation they will undergo free check-up from a physician to include testing for five diseases such as Hepatitis B, C, Syphilis, HIV, and Malaria.

For those who want to know their status, they can go to City Health Office (CHO), Reproductive Health and Wellness Center and Zamboanga City Medical Center where they can be tested for HIV to include counseling.

Knowing your status when it comes to HIV is very important so that medical intervention can be given immediately and the patient will not spread the disease. — R.G. A A. Go