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Indian J Public Health. 1993 Apr-Jun;37(2):54-6.

Detection of antibodies to HIV-infection among high risk groups in Bihar (India).

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Division of Microbiology, Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Agamkuan, Patna.


Total of 4567 sera samples obtained from high risk groups viz. blood donors, patients attending skin/VD clinics have been examined for HIV-antibodies. None of them showed seropositivity. Since in Bihar, interaction with foreigners is not common as it is in the metropolitan cities of India, this may be one of the chief reasons for not finding any HIV-seropositive case so far. 7% of blood donors showed VDRL positive reaction. Both competitive ELISA and particulate-agglutination tests on 375 sera samples gave identical negative result.


The results of blood testing for HIV antibodies in 4567 volunteer blood donors are reported. Serum samples were collected from high risk groups in Bihar, India. These groups included patients from skin/venereal disease clinics, blood donors, local police, and hospital patients and attendants. Both SERODIA-HIV kits and Wellcozyme anti-HTLV III/Wellcozyme HIV recombinant kits were used to detect HIV infections. All sera were also analyzed using the VDRL flocculation test. None of the sera tested positive for HIV antibodies. 6.94% (206/2966) of the blood donor group tested positive using VDRL, while 4.96% (69/1392) of the skin/venereal disease patients tested positive with VDRL.

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