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Transfusions from family memberson
Jan 12, 1998

One of my sisters thought she heard something about treatment for HIV+ people involving blood transfusions from non-infected family members. Do you know anything about this?? Also, another sister is pregnant and was wondering about the use of cord blood...?

Response from Dr. Gallant

We transfuse patients with HIV all the time. It helps their anemia, but there's no reason it would help treat their HIV infection. It wouldn't make any difference whether the blood came from a family member or whether it was cord blood.

JG



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