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a fellow new yorker
Jun 30, 2008

hello dr.,

i was just wondering if blood transfusions are screened for HIV group N?

thank you

Response from Dr. McGowan

Right now there is not a reliable screening test for HIV group N or O. Persons who were born, have resided, or had a blood transfusion in West or Central Africa since 1977 are deferred from donating blood. Also anyone who had sexual contact with a person who meets these criteria would be deferred from blood donation. Infections with HIV group O or N are extremely rare in the United States and would be unlikely to be a major risk for the blood pool.

Joe



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