Routine Blood Donations Reveal HIV Cases in Saudi Arabia

Hundreds of unreported HIV cases were discovered in Saudi Arabia in 2006 after thousands of people volunteered to donate blood, according to a report from Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper. During that year, 368 HIV cases were discovered at 253 clinics across the kingdom.

Other diseases discovered among aspiring blood donors include 32,798 cases of hepatitis B; 2,862 cases of hepatitis C; 1,145 cases of syphilis; 13 cases of malaria; and 777 cases of high blood pressure.

According to Ibrahim Al-Omar, a representative of the kingdom’s Ministry of Health, over 310,000 people were allowed to donate blood that year.

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