To understand the seroprevalence of HIV, hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), and hepatitis C virus (HCV) in serum samples collected from eye donors between 2005 and 2017 at Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, India.
The reports of 7136 eye donors serologically screened for antibodies to HIV-1 and HIV-2, HBsAg, and antibodies to HCV were retrospectively analyzed.
Among the 7136 serum samples screened during this study period, the serum samples of 14 donors (0.20%) were reactive to HIV-1 antibodies, 78 donors (1.09%) were positive for detection of HBsAg, and 37 donors (0.52%) were positive for HCV antibodies. Of interest, coinfections of HIV-1 and HBV, and HIV-1 and HCV were detected in 2 and 1 serum sample of the eye donors, respectively.
This retrospective study indicates that there is a trend of reduction in the seropositivity for HIV, HBV, and HCV among eye donors in Chennai over the last decade.
L&T Microbiology Research Centre, Vision Research Foundation, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Correspondence: Lily Therese Kulandai, PhD, Larsen & Toubro Microbiology Research Centre, Vision Research Foundation, VI Floor, Kamal Nayan Bajaj Institute for Vision and Ophthalmology Building, 41, College Rd, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600 006, India (e-mail: email@example.com).
The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.
Received August 24, 2018
Received in revised form January 08, 2019
Accepted February 03, 2019