27% of Blood Donations Infected With HIV

UPDATE:  The percentage of blood tainted with HIV in the Philippines as reported  in Inquirer’s news story appears to be wrong.  See the comment left by Attila.  I’m going to leave the article though.  Reported cases HIV in the Philippines is way up in 2011 and I find those numbers to be somewhat suspect but not as suspect as these were.  I believe the HIV numbers, I don’t believe what was reported in the past.  As I said, the 27% of donated blood being infected with HIV makes no sense.

What is going on with HIV in the Philippines? Recently reports of 1 in four of blood donated to the Philippines government tested positive for HIV!  I searched the web to find out if people were being paid to donate blood. If so that would explain it but I found nothing to indicate that it is.  If it is out there, please inform me. If drug users are lining up to sell their blood, that would explain it. That doesn’t seem to be the case.

HIV In the PhilippinesThat number seems unrealistically high. It makes no sense at all. It implies that 25% of the Filipino population is infected with HIV. If true, the number of people would grow exponentially. I don’t believe that is possible.

Is the number faked? That would actually make more sense than 25% of the population  is inclined to donate blood would do so. In a culture where the Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency finds many that have no problem with the agency planting drugs it wouldn’t be unreasonable for me to believe that faking numbers for political purposes could be going on as well.  I’m not saying that is what is going on.  I have nothing to support such an idea.  The question just comes to mind.

With the debate on the Reproductive Health Bill in the Philippines raging on, the idea of a highly HIV invested blood supply would seem to bolster the proponents position. I have an opinion on the bill but I will not reveal it. Filipino wish for foreigner to butt out of their politics and I will respect that.

I need to have a full physical and hope to get it done this month. It will mean 3 to 5 days in a Cebu City private hospital. That will greatly increase my expat knowledge of the Philippines in a way that I wish wasn’t necessary but I really need to do this.

A blood supply testing 27% positive for HIV doesn’t give me a great deal of confidence.

HIV In The Philippines

I’ve been watching the cases of HIV in the Philippines over the last year. Since the start of the year the number of cases have been way up. There are three reasons that I can think of why the numbers would be up after the start of the year:

  • The number of cases of HIV in the Philippines is actually up
  • The reporting of HIV in the Philippines is more accurate
  • The number of cases of HIV in the Philippines are inflated

I lean toward the numbers are more accurate. I also lean to the idea that the reason the numbers are more accurate is because they bolster the position of the proponents for the Reproductive Health Bill.

It would be interesting to know if the numbers actually jumped up after the start of the new year as opposed to an increase at the end of last year. It appears that they suddenly increased. At least, from the press reports I’ve been following.  I’ve not really dug into the numbers to verify that.

I don’t know the answer to what is going on with HIV in the Philippines. Do you have any idea?  Living in the Philippines with HIV isn’t exactly on my agenda. The reported percentage of blood donated that is tainted with HIV in the Philippines just doesn’t make any sense to me.

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