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Are people with HIV eligible to donate bone marrow?
Feb 3, 2010

I have been living with HIV since February of 2006. I have a friend from high school who is a cancer survivor. Due to the chemo and other treatments, she may have to have a bone marrow transplant. Are people with HIV eligible to donate bone marrow or is it a risk factor as it is with giving blood? Thanks so much!

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for your post.

Sorry to hear about your friend. Unfortunately, if you're HIV+ you wouldn't be eligible to be a bone marrow donor.

Best wishes, BY



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