|OK to donate blood?
Jan 8, 2002
I've been wanting to donate blood every since the events of Sept. 11th. However, I did have an unprotected exposure in May and was hesitant to donate until I tested for HIV through my physician. My HIV test was negative and it was taken past the window period (7+ months). Am I safe to donate now?
Response from Dr. Frascino
Absolutely. Thank you for your willingness to donate blood and for your concern about not donating following a high-risk exposure. Yes, your negative test 7 months after a possible exposure is outside the window period. Also, all units of blood are now screened for HIV and hepatitis before being used for transfusion.
Desperate mom thanks you.
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