oa Southern African Journal of Infectious Diseases - Response to article entitled, : letter

Volume 30, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 2312-0053



The authors of the article titled, , attempt to make a case for the inclusion of human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) screening of blood donations in South Africa.

Among other elements, a discussion on health policy should include the effectiveness of a proposed intervention within a health system, particularly in a resource-constrained setting. The routine screening of all blood donations, leucoreduction, or screening of first-time donors only, are the proposed interventions in the publication with respect to the HTLV-1 screening of donors, but a discussion of the effectiveness thereof in South Africa is not included.

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