The risk of HIV, HBV, HCV and HTLV infection among musculoskeletal tissue donors in Australia

F. Yao, C. Seed, A. Farrugia, D. Morgan, S. Cordner, D. Wood, M. H. Zheng

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In Australia, there are no current national estimates of the risks of transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) or human T-lymphotrophic virus (HTLV) by musculoskeletal tissue transplantation. We determined the prevalence rates of antibodies against HIV (anti-HIV), HCV (anti-HCV) and HTLV (anti-HTLV) and Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) for 12 415 musculoskeletal tissue donors from three major bone tissue banks across Australia for the period 1993-2004. The prevalence (per 100 000 persons) was 64.44 for anti-HIV, 407.13 for HBsAg, 534.63 for anti-HCV and 121.88 for anti-HTLV. The estimated probability of viremia at the time of donation was 1 in 128 000, 1 in 189 000, 1 in 55 000 and 1 in 118 000, respectively. With the addition of nucleic acid amplification testing (NAT), the probability of donor viremia would be reduced to 1 in 315 000 for HIV, 1 in 385 000 for HBV and 1 in 500 000 for HCV. The prevalence of HIV, HBV, HCV and HTLV although low, are higher among musculoskeletal tissue donors than among first-time blood donors. The risks associated with musculoskeletal donation will be reduced with NAT, though further cost analysis is required prior to its implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2723-2726
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Biomaterials
  • Bone allotransplantation
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Virus transmission

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