JERUSALEM (Dec. 16)
Guidelines to help stop the spread of AIDS have been drawn up by the Director-General of the Health Ministry in conjunction with experts from around the country and representatives of the Finance Ministry.
From now on all blood donations will be routinely checked for AIDS antibodies, either at the central blood bank or at individual hospital banks. Any suspicious blood unit found will be destroyed, apart from a small sample which will be tested twice more.
On final verification of the presence of the AIDS virus in the blood sample, the donor will be called into the district health office and given medical guidance.
Hemophiliacs, who are particularly at risk since they have to undergo numerous blood transfusions, will, from now on, have their treatment coordinated by the National Hemophilia Center. The Health Ministry also plans to give the police and the school medical services guidance on how to handle suspected AIDS victims, most of whom are homosexuals.