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Seventy-nine of some 5,770,000 blood donations last year in Japan were from HIV-positive donors, making the rate of positive donors the highest ever at 1.368 per 100,000, according to a survey by the health ministry’s special committee on AIDS.

While blood donations have declined, the ratio of HIV-positive donors has almost quadrupled from 10 years ago, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Thursday.

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