Bloodborne Infectious Disease

Bloodborne Infectious Diseases


  • Evidence-based bloodborne infectious disease screening of blood donors
  • Contribute to the national epidemiology of bloodborne disease 

Key Findings

  • Syphilis infection remains undiagnosed, especially among heterosexual men, and that infectious syphilis is often missed as a differential diagnosis even when donors have presented with genital or oral ulceration, rashes in the genital area and lymphadenopathy. 

On-going Research 

  • Performance evaluation of commercial assays to effectively screen Irish blood donors for bloodborne infections
  • Molecular epidemiology of bloodborne viruses circulating in Irish blood donors
  • Infectious disease screening considerations for an Individual Donor Risk Assessment policy
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