Navigation Links
,,AIDS Threat Aggravated Due To Sale of Blood by Drug Addicts in Cambodia,,

Drug users in Cambodia have adopted a new way of marketing their blood to hospitals to pay for their habits. Health experts warn that if this practice is not curbed in time, it would serve as a severe threat to the country's gains in fighting HIV/AIDS.//

So far, there has been no report of spread of the deadly infection by blood transfusions. It is however predicted that if the infection entered the hospital system, even a single case would lead to a disaster.

Heroin users who injected the drug through contaminated syringes share the utmost risk of contracting the infection. Amphetamine users are also considered high risk because the stimulant clouds their judgment, making them prone for unsafe sex practices.

It has been found from a survey conducted by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime that some Cambodian drug addicts were working in teams, towards selling their blood through brokers who in turn supply the same to different hospitals. The frequency of selling ranges to as high as twice a week and earns $4.80 each time.

Officially, all blood used by hospitals in Cambodia is supposed to be tested for the presence of infection at the state-run National Blood Transfusion Center. If the blood is tested positive, it is discarded.

Lack of adequate funds for health maintenance and acute shortage of healthy blood donors is believed to have paved way for the current trend.

A large sex industry, traditional male promiscuity and low levels of condom use in Cambodia has been held responsible for the highest prevalence of HIV infection rates in Asia.

Educational campaigns over the past seven years have to a large extent helped in bringing down the rate from 3.8 to 1.9 among people aged between 15 to 49 years.

Cambodian authorities have been too relaxed about handling the drug trade, leading to a steady increase of methamphetamine and heroin use since the 1990s . Sleeping on the streets and often drifting from one location to another to avoid the police, addicts usually scavenge for cans and plastic bottles to sell.

Alarmingly, many drug users admitted to loitering outside the hospital when they were bored, hoping to be called in to sell blood. The practice of blood-selling was uncovered by a UNODC survey of 66 drug users in the capital Phnom Penh and Poipet town near the border with Thailand.

With such a threat it is high time the Government authorities find out ways of reducing the risk of spread of HIV infections through blood transfusion.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Is Smallpox Threat Real ?
2. WHO To Support Public Health Threats
3. Food May Trigger Life-Threatening Asthma
4. New Virus : A Threat In the Future?
5. Tsunami Survivors Face Pneumonia Threat
6. The Use Of Invasive Treatment For Life Threatening Heart Conditions Questioned
7. Baking Soda Treatment for Life-Threatening Asthma
8. Ethiopian Children Face Threat From Malnutrition
9. Pigs Population A Major Threat To Encephalitis Ravaged UP
10. Winter Premature Babies Face Threat From Lung Disease
11. Alcohol Consumption A Threat To Colorectal Tumours
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/26/2016)... Creek, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... joined as sponsor of the 2016 Cereal Festival and World’s Longest Breakfast Table in ... in honor of the city’s history as home to some of the world’s leading ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... have been diagnosed with endometriosis. These women need a treatment plan to not ... comprehensive approach that can help for preservation of fertility and ultimately achieving a ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... , ... "With 30 hand-drawn hand gesture animations, FCPX users can easily customize ... Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand Cartoon’s package transforms over 1,300 hand-drawn pictures into ... Simply select a ProHand generator and drag it above media or text in the ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... On Friday, ... presented a Bronze Wellness at Work award to iHire in recognition of their exemplary ... part of the 7th annual Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium at the BWI ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... June 19, 2016 is World Sickle Cell ... pain and the benefits of holistic treatments, Serenity Recovery Center of Marne, ... Cell Disease. , Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a disorder of the red blood ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Any dentist who has ... of the current process. Many of them do not even ... technical difficulties and high laboratory costs involved. And those who ... it at such a high cost that the majority of ... Dr. Parsa Zadeh , founder of Dental Evolutions ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced ... BRAHMS PCT (procalcitonin) assay as a dedicated testing solution ... this clearance, Roche is the first IVD company in ... sepsis risk assessment and management. PCT is ... levels in blood can aid clinicians in assessing the ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... offering. The current unmet ... for MedImmune to enter. The US ageing population creates a ... considerable growth for effective anti-influenza medications. The introduction of a ... development is still in its infancy. Key ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: