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Blood Donation
Aug 31, 2004

I have written to you before but have a quick question. I recently donated blood after the 13 week window which I tested negative for HIV-1 & 2. I received my donor card today. Does this mean I am definitely in the clear ?

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

I'm a bit confused by the wording of your question. You offered no information about your potential HIV risk exposure, but barring unusual circumstances, a negative HIV ELISA test at 13 weeks or more is considered definitive.

Blood banks have their own screening procedures, as I'm sure you are aware. If you filled out the pre-donation screening questionnaire and were in one of the categories where there was some risk for HIV, you would not have given blood, right? I really can't imagine anyone using a blood donation as a backhanded way of trying to determine if they were HIV positive or not. (Well maybe Karl Rove or Rummy, but other than them, I can't imagine anyone being that self-centered and amoral).

Dr. Bob



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