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Blood Transfusion Scared To Death

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Hepatitis C and HIV, people with other sexually transmitted diseases and people with multiple sexual partners. Some people get infected in medical settings, through accidental needle sticks or unsterilized equipment. The risk of infection from blood transfusions and blood products in the US is virtually zero. Hep C spreads more easily than HIV through contact with infected blood. In the US, about 4 times as many people have hep C as have HIV. You could be...
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Scared of recieving blood.

I was told that I will have to have a c-section and am scared to death of contracting HIV. The doctor told me that the chances were one in a million of getting it via blood in surgery but I still don't believe it. Doesn't the blood tested still...
Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Response from Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
...Your doctor is correct in saying that the chance of receiving HIV from a blood transfusion in the United States is less than 1 in a million. If you still are not comfortable with this low level of risk, you can donate Read more »

Procrit and blood transfusions

Dr. Frascino,Help! I've been HIV positive for many years and finally my viral loasd is coming down but I'm anemic. I've been getting blood transfusions which help for a while. I don't want to change my HIV meds as I don't have many (or any) options...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...know what the hell he's talking about.Let's hope it's number 1. There is absolutely no reason why Procrit can not be used with blood transfusions. In fact, one of the main indications for using Procrit is to decrease the frequency, quantity, and,... Read more »

Epogen and blood transfusions

Hi!! I just was wondering how Epogen works and how you can use it to decrease the number of blood transfusions that may be required? Thanks so much for your time!,curious girl
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation live saving when treating severe anemia. However, there are a variety of well known risk and shortcomings associated with blood transfusions, including:1. Transmission of bloodborne infections2. Hemolytic reactions3. Volume overload4.... Read more »

hiv thru blood transfusion

what are the odds of getting hiv if you receive a blood transfusion that has hiv
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,The estimated statistical risk for acquiring HIV from receiving a transfusion with HIV-tainted blood would be 9 out of every 10 exposures. In other words, it would be extremely likely.Dr. Bob Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

News Outlets Report on Growing Pressure on Chinese Government to Acknowledge How Blood Transfusions, Donations in 1990s Contributed to Spread of HIV/AIDS in China

...examines the factors that contributed to the spread of HIV/AIDS among people living in China who donated blood and received blood transfusions at government-run hospitals in the 1990s. According to the newspaper, "the Chinese government has yet... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Afghanistan Records First AIDS Deaths

...estimated 200-300 Afghans may be affected, said Safi. He did not say how the family was infected, although IV drug use and unsafe blood transfusions are the nation's most common transmission routes. In a country where most are illiterate,... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Kenya Seeks Support From PEPFAR to Expand Blood Transfusion Centers

...Secretary James Ole Kiyiapi announced Thursday that the government is in negotiations with PEPFAR for support in building additional blood transfusion centers in the country, Capital News reports. In an opening address at the 5th... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Aussies Getting Blood Transfusions When Not Needed

... Up to 30 percent of non-urgent blood transfusions in Australia are unnecessary and possibly dangerous, and they occur partly due to a misperception that a blood "pep up" is good Read more »
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He might need meds soon :(

Posted by pozsoulmate, 1 Reply
...diagnosed positive about 6 years ago but has figured out that he had to have contracted the virus before 1999 in Africa from a blood transfusion. When he first told me, I went to the doctor with him every time and made sure that I understood all... Read more »

Feeling very much alone

Posted by lone_soul, 7 Replies
...I'am so alone and so scared. My first labs were CD4 960 and VL 980. Last ones was CD4 816 and VL 2110 and that scares me to death to its seems like things are going up and dropping really fast. I'am just so scared. Read more »

HIV via infected food!

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...your help. Although you establish that HIV could transmit in three ways: Unprotected sexual intercourse, used syringes, and blood transfusion ..But I have one question: Could HIV transmis via contaminated food ? When I was having lunch in the... Read more »


Posted by polywog, 6 Replies
...I tested poz march 31/06/ still emotionally roller-coasting/ depression/fear, anxiety etc./ doc says i don't need meds likely for 3 - 5 years or more. Reading these posts have been so helpful - there Read more »