Global Journal of Transfusion Medicine

SPECIAL COMMUNICATION
Year
: 2022  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 80--81

U is dissimilar to u for human immunodeficiency virus transmission through the infected whole blood unit


Manish Raturi1, Reshma Nambiyar2, Mansi Kala2, Naveen Bansal3 
1 Department of Immunohematology and Blood Transfusion, Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Dehradun, India
2 Department of Pathology, Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Dehradun, India
3 Department of Transfusion Medicine, Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Mullana, Ambala, Haryana, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Manish Raturi
Department of Immunohematology and Blood Transfusion, Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Dehradun
India

It is a known fact that antiretroviral treatment (ART) is highly efficacious in reducing the sexual transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). In addition, it is clear now that those infected and living with HIV and having an undetectable viral load below 200 copies per mL, measured 4 to 6 monthwise, do not transmit it sexually to their partners. Therefore, U = U (Undetectable = Untransmittable; where symbol = means similar to) campaign is the message of a new UNAIDS explainer. The authors herein report the blood donation made by an HIV-I positive Indian male under the existing policy of confidential unit exclusion at their blood center. It was alarming because he was driven by an incorrect belief that being in a state of sexual nontransmissibility, due to the regular intake of ART, his donated blood was safe and suitable for blood transfusion too. He firmly believed that the ART he was receiving was highly efficacious in reducing the transmission of HIV through sexual intercourse and misconstrued the same for blood transfusion. After a thorough consultation and discussion with the transfusion medicine specialist, the individual could understand that U = U certainly, does not ascribe to the blood transfusion-related transmission due to a bigger inoculum and the intravenous route of administration.


How to cite this article:
Raturi M, Nambiyar R, Kala M, Bansal N. U is dissimilar to u for human immunodeficiency virus transmission through the infected whole blood unit.Glob J Transfus Med 2022;7:80-81


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Raturi M, Nambiyar R, Kala M, Bansal N. U is dissimilar to u for human immunodeficiency virus transmission through the infected whole blood unit. Glob J Transfus Med [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Dec 10 ];7:80-81
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