HIV phobia linked to misinformation
A combination of factors has lead to a decline in the number of blood donors in Africa. Religious and cultural issues have long played a large role in impeding donations. Some people have chosen not to donate because they fear their blood will help criminals, while others fear donation will make them weak.
The National Blood Transfusion Centre of Africa has discovered that donors' fear of discovering their HIV status is a factor that has lead to a recent blood shortage. Public education regarding the importance of blood donation has been poor, and officials hope to improve this with better management of The National Blood Transfusion Center.
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