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Aids (Blood Transfusions)

Volume 86: debated on Wednesday 13 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps Her Majesty's Government have taken to ensure that those whose medical condition requires them to have regular blood transfusions are no longer placed under threat by the disease AIDS.

Since 14 October 1985, all blood donations collected by the national blood transfusion service (NBTS) have been tested for HTLVIII antibody. The Department has revised its warning leaflet, now entitled "AIDS — important information for blood donors", and this is being distributed by the NBTS to all its donors individually. The leaflet re-emphasises that those in AIDS high-risk groups should not donate blood.