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Sep 13, 2004

If it takes up to 6 months to detect HIV and HEP C in your blood.... how is the blood supply safe? Do they have a particular test that detects the virus earlier than the average test?

Response from Dr. McGovern

Blood banks use a test called nucleic acid amplification -which detects virus itself. That is why the blood supply is so safe. It was recently shown that since the introduction of this sensitive test, that the risk associated with receiving a blood transfusion is about 1 in 2 million blood units.

Dr. McGovern



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