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New exam offered in state hemocenter decreases risk of HIV infection, hepatitis C and hepatitis B

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The Blood Center of Paraiba will inaugurate on Wednesday (20), the Laboratory of Nucleic Acid Testing (NAT), the first implanted in a blood bank public. The test decreases the risk of acquired infections by blood transfusions, detecting HIV and HCV (hepatitis C). In addition to detecting HIV and HCV, the laboratory can also detect the HBC (hepatitis B). We are the first blood bank public to implement this service, said Sandra Sobreira, director of the institution.

The NAT (abbreviation for Nucleic Acid Testing) decreases from three months to seven days a period called the window period, ie, the time they start appearing in blood Clinical manifestations of virus infection.

With NAT we can detect such contamination in seven days, regardless of clinical manifestation, because it searches directly from the viral DNA. If the donor is infected, even if it is in the window period, with no sign of contamination, this test detects, Sandra Sobreira, highlighting the difference between this type of check.

The Blood Center of Paraíba receives between 150 and 200 donors a day. Throughout hemorrede state the number of blood donations reaches 4000 per month.

In the Blood Center of Paraíba, located in João Pessoa, the state has with the Regional Blood Bank, in Campina Grande, and 11 hemonúcleos in the cities of Guarabira, Itabaiana, Picuí, Monteiro, Ducks, Piancó, Princess Isabel, Itaporanga, the Catolé Rocha, Sousa and Cajazeiras.

   Palavras-chave:   Blood transfusion    Blood donation    Nucleic Acid Testing    NAT    Hemotherapy   
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