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OK to donate blood?
Jan 8, 2002

Dr. Frascino,

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

Hi,

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.

Stay well,

Dr. Bob


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