Jan 11, 2005
Hope your New Year is bright. I am a former Worried Well that reads your posts from time to time. I read one of your recent posts about somebody committing an unconsciable act by testing for HIV by donating blood. I think it's plane to see the danger in blood tht has yet to seroconvert.
Anyway after almost a year and multiple HIV test out past the window, negative I might add, I finally donated blood this week. I was fine until I read your post. Did I infact endanger somebody? All that bagage came back. I believe if I was positive I would indeed be a medical freak (I am content with just being a freak.)
Anyway, what kind of testing is done on donated blood to ensure that the blood supply is not tainted? I guess I don't want to be the cause of anybody elses pain and suffering. Did I give blood to soon?
The "Big" Guy
PS You even gave me the official "Blessing" after 82 days.
Response from Dr. Frascino
Hi "Big" Guy,
I think it's unconscionable to attempt to screen for HIV by donating blood or to even consider donating blood if there is a chance you are infected. This, however, does not apply to you, since you have had multiple HIV tests well past the window period.
No worries, OK?
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