Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
  Breaking News: FDA Approves Triumeq, New Once-Daily Combination Pill
   
Ask the Experts About

Choosing Your MedsChoosing Your Meds
           
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


elimanted hiv blood
Sep 17, 2009

does this mean hiv blood does get cleaned and then used?

Scientists at NYBC were pioneers in the field of virus inactivation, developing a solvent/detergent process to eliminate dangerous viruses from plasma and plasma products, such as the clotting factor used by hemophiliacs. The solvent/detergent process destroys the coat of certain viruses - including HIV and hepatitis B and C viruses - inactivating the viruses without harming the fragile blood proteins in plasma. Every pint of blood collected is screened for markers of a variety of transfusion-transmissible diseases (HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HTLV-1/2 and syphilis) using serological as well as molecular (Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing) methods. Products that test positive for any of these markers are not released for transfusion. We also perform additional, confirmatory tests on donors whose screening results are positive in order to provide these individuals with relevant medical information and to provide the basis for notification of donors of their eligibility for future blood donations

Response from Dr. McGowan

Thanks for your post.

No this does not mean that blood that tests positive for HIV is used for transfusion. It states that any blood that screens positive for infectious viruses including HIV is not used for transfusion. The treatments for inactivation are there as a backup since there may be a very very small chance that infection that is very early may test negative on screening. This risk is even smaller because the blood is screened not just for antibody but for genetic evidence of the virus which is much more sensitive.

Joe



Previous
Health questions.
Next
less then 3 % from a single anal sex act sounds fishy....

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS


 
Advertisement



Q&A TERMS OF USE

This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint

Advertisement