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Blood Bank Donations
Jul 31, 2003

Is all blood donated to blood banks screen for HIV automatically? If it is and the screening is positive will they notify you?

Response from Dr. Jackson

All blood or plasma donated at blood centers or plasma centers in the United States to be used for transfusion or for the manufacture of injectibles is screened for HIV-1/2 antibody. The only exception may be if you are donating blood for yourself. In any case if you test HIV antibody positive you must and will be notified.

BJ


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