Prevalence of Anti-HCV Antibodies in Blood Donors in Romania

Ioan Sporea1, Stana Jenariu2 , Monica Sabau3 , Cristina Golea3 , Alexandra Deleanu1 , Roxana Sirli1 , P .Kolumabau4 , Maria Halmen4

1) Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy. 2) Center of Blood Transfusion, Timisoara. 3) Department of Epidemiology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy. 4) Center of Blood Transfusion, Tg. Mures


The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of anti-HCV antibodies in blood donors in two large Romanian cities (Timisoara and Tg. Mures) situated in the west and central part of Romania.
We used a second generation Monolisa anti-HCV tech-nique (Sanofi Diagnostics Pasteur) and we evaluated 34,277 individuals (17,933 in Timisoara and 16,344 in Tg. Mures). The percentage of donors with anti-HCV antibodies was 1.03% (0.99% in Timisoara and 1.08% in Tg. Mures). 93.2% of these donors had elevated aminotranspherases. 0.98% of donors from urban medium and 1.22% of donors from rural medium were anti-HCV positive.
In conclusion, the prevalence of anti -HCV in Romania (1.03 %) is medium.

Key words

Anti-HCV antibodies _ prevalence - blood donors