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Red Cross PCR
      #33847 - 05/07/02 05:24 AM

For all of you that think you will get a free PCR test by donating blood, you are wrong. They only use NAT(PCR) testing on large amounts of blood from hundreds of donors. They do not test individual blood with PCR because it is to time consuming and costly. And even if it comes back positive they are not going to go and test each and every sample to find the positive person. Besides, by that time the blood is already mixed. Although i do have to say that the Elisas they use are 3rd gen.

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      #33891 - 05/07/02 05:34 PM

You are completely wrong and have no clue about blood bank PCR testing. It is highly effective. Furthermore they don't pool hundreds of a samples at once but rather maybe 10-15 samples. If there is a positive result then the samples are individually tested to find the positive sample. If it wasn't effective they wouldn't use it. 3rd Generation ELISA, NAT, and p24 is a solid 3-headed testing model that will pick-up HIV. The odds of being infected with HIV from a blood transfusion is miniscule due in large part to these testing mechanisms.

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