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Can HIV Be Transmitted Through Blood Transfusion

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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Sen. Coleman Introduces Bill to Compensate Families of HIV-Positive Veterans Infected Through Service-Related Blood Transfusions

Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) on Tuesday introduced a bill (S 1509 ) to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee that would provide compensation to the families of military veterans who became HIV-positive through military service-related blood... 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 for patients, a health expert warned Tuesday. Speaking at an... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Texas Man Sues After Being Infected with HIV from Transfusion

David Autrey, a ranch hand infected with HIV from blood donated in San Antonio, Texas, has filed a $100 million negligence lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed March 15 in Dallas, San Antonio TV station KMOL reported Thursday night. The lawsuit names... Read more »
Ask the Experts

blood transfusion and hiv

I have been HIV posetive for 6 years and my husband is not despite the fact that we have a baby together who is 2 years and we sometimes have unprotected sex. He is suggesting we try blood trasfusion to see if that will not make a difference to my...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Blood transfusions are not a treatment for HIV. The virus is in many body tissues other than blood. I suggest you and your husband talk to an HIV specialist about realistic treatment options. (There is also a wealth of information here on this... Read more »

blood transfusion

First of all let me thank you for the incredible work you are doing here. lot's of people find relif knowing more about Hiv.My question is this: Does get a blood transfusion increase my T-cell count?Lets say I find many donors and I get almost...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Getting blood transfusions will not improve your HIV disease. In fact it may worsen it! Blood transfusions in and of themselves can cause immunosuppression. They can also transmit bloodborne pathogens. As for T-cells, only a certain percentage... Read more »

Anemia & Blood Transfusion

The link to articles on Anemia includes "Transfusions May Pose Severe Problems for People With HIV/AIDS (1997)" from NAPWA. It is not clear how up-to-date this information is, and there are references to new information expected Real Soon...
J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

Response from J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

San Francisco General Hospital
Dear ChrisThe study referred to in the NAPWA newsletter is the Viral Activation Transfusion Study (VATS). New information is expected soon, but soon in research time is frequently longer than many people expect. The enrollment period of the study... Read more »

Anemia & Blood Transfusion

Dear Mr. Molaghan,In February, I asked about this topic, and you responded (see below). I'm wondering if you managed to find out any more from your colleague?ThanksChris*****[Question and Response from February]The link to articles on Anemia...
J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

Response from J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

San Francisco General Hospital
Hello ChrisThe Viral Activation Transfusion Study enrolled the last patient in June 1998. Approximately 600 people were enrolled nationwide. About one third of the participants in the study have died. I've been informed that the results of the... Read more »
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accident victim hiv+ after blood transfusion

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Accident victim HIV+ after blood transfusion

My 19 year old daughter was a victim of a drunk driver. She was
on life support for a month, in the hospital for three months,
underwent five surgeries, and received 21 units of transfused
blood. Now,... Read more »

hiv by transfusion

Posted by living, 2 Replies
I am a 22 year survivor. I became postive after having a blood transfusion. There is a good quality of life after diagnosis if you take your meds on a schedule and don't skip any. I would like to chat with other women who are positive and if any are... Read more »

TRANSMITTING HIV TO NEWBORN TWINS/NEED ADVISE?????

Posted by Jessie, 3 Replies
I recently had my husband come to me, upset, crying and concerned about his brothers two newborn twins and the fact that me and my husband are both HIV+. Apparently, the brother confronted my husband about being with the newborns and washing his... Read more »

Question on transfusion..

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hey everyone, I was just wondering if it's possible for someone to have HIV after receiving a few blood transfusions in June of '85 due to being born prematurely???

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