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How Soon Red Cross Tests For Hiv

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dr bob red cross not testing all blood

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/17/us/17cross.html...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Yes, the Red Cross has indeed had its problems over the years, but it's important to note that the Red Cross does do an excellent job of testing for HIV and hepatitis B.Dr. Bob... Read more »

Red Cross testing

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HIV Positive at school blood drive (Red Cross) Help!!

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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Botswana's HIV Prevalence Reducing Country's Blood Donor Pool, Red Cross Official Says

Botswana's high HIV prevalence has reduced the country's pool of blood donors while also increasing the need for blood services in the country, Nomsa Mbere, president of the Botswana Red Cross Society, said Saturday on World Blood Donor Day ,... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Kath Webster: Standing Strong

Kath Webster (Photograph by Kamil Bialous ) I never went for an HIV test. All I wanted that day back in 1995 was to donate blood to the Red Cross. Instead, a week later I received the diagnosis from my doctor. I was shocked: "HIV? What are you... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Japanese Red Cross to Revise Donor System After Tainted Blood Scare

The Japanese Red Cross Society told the health ministry Wednesday it would store blood plasma longer, a decision resulting from a ministry probe that revealed thousands of units of tainted blood had likely been used, a report said. The ministry... Read more »
Women Alive

"Confidential" (Ms) Information

My mind wanders back in time. Eight years ago, I received a letter from the Red Cross; "You need to contact our office and make an appointment. The blood you donated revealed something that could have a significant impact on your health." Fear and... Read more »
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Red Cross testing?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
With donated blood does the red cross do pcr or some other testing that elisa testing won't pick up? If having possible symptoms past 6 month period with negative results(elisa testing) but unk status of partner would a pcr test definitely rule... Read more »

Red Cross Donate Blood

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I donated blood about 3.5 weeks ago NOT TO GET AN HIV TEST. I answered truthfully and for heterosexual men I guess they don't care much because I was able to answer 100% truthfully. So don't get upset at me please!

But my question was that I had... Read more »

Red Cross PCR highly effective

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
The person who previously wrote about Red Cross PCR testing was completely wrong. 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... Read more »

Red Cross PCR

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
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... Read more »