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For My Mother...
Apr 19, 2009

Doctor,

First I'd Like to thank you for the service you provide the world. Good Job Sir.

Secondly, I want to ask what may seem like a stupid question. My father had cheated on my mother years ago while they were still married. I am very concerned that whilst still married they practiced unprotected sex and may have resulted in the transmission of HIV that my father could have contracted from god knows where.

I do not know whether or not my mother would have requested a blood test from her doctor or for that matter whether or not our extremely conservative doctor would have thought it necessary to give her one. All i know is in the many years following their divorce my mother has given blood as often as the blood bank allows. If a donor would have tested positive for HIV they would cease to allow them to donate repeated times, would that be a correct assumption doctor?

thank you.. I don't want to talk to my mother or father about this but I also can't stand the idea of leaving the chance of my parents falling ill. thank you in advance and god bless.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

Your assumption is correct! If a blood donor tests positive, his blood is rejected and the donor is notified.

Dr. Bob



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