blood-borne diseases

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A class of infections in which the pathogenic agent circulates in the blood or is harbored in other body fluids, and is transmitted when infected blood or other body fluids are conveyed in some manner to an uninfected susceptible person. Blood-borne diseases include human immunodeficiency virus, most sexually transmitted diseases, several varieties of viral hepatitis, and tropical infections including malaria, trypanosomiasis, etc. An important activity of blood banks is to screen donors for evidence of blood-borne diseases.

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