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Can You Contract AIDS From Blood Transfusion

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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

HIV-Positive Blood Mistakenly Used for Transfusions, Blood Products in Korea, Health Ministry Says

Blood that tested positive for HIV or hepatitis was used in transfusions and to make blood products because of errors made by the Korea National Red Cross , officials from the country's Ministry of Health and Welfare said on Thursday, the Korea... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

China's Health Ministry to "Severely Punish" People Responsible for Unsafe Blood Sales; 25 People Receive HIV-Positive Blood Through Transfusions

China's Ministry of Health earlier this week announced new rules that will "severely punish those responsible" for collecting and distributing untested blood that leads to people becoming infected with bloodborne diseases such as HIV through... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

HIV Outbreaks Linked to Blood Transfusions Discovered in Central Asia Since Kazakh Doctors Were Convicted of Criminal Negligence

Outbreaks of HIV linked to blood transfusions have occurred throughout Central Asia since an outbreak of the virus was discovered at a children's hospital in Shymkent, Kazakhstan, the Chicago Tribune reports (Rodriguez, Chicago Tribune , 9/16). ... Read more »
Ask the Experts

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 »

Blood Cell transfusions

I have a simple question, why can't blood transfusions be administered in treating AIDS patients? If a match were provided wouldn't the increased presence of CD4 cells help their immune system, say if they received such transfusions weekly?...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Your question hits at one of the most challenging aspects of treating HIV. The problem with having low CD4 count with HIV is not that the body is not making CD4 cells, but rather that they are being destroyed quickly. Activated CD4 cells only last... Read more »

Does Blood Transfusion increase CD4 count?

I'm Horacio. I have been taking drugs for hiv/aids since june/00, when my CD4 was oly 14. I developed anemia so I'm receiving blood transfusion every 3 or 4 weeks. My CD4 count is almost 300 now. My question is:Does Blood Transfusion...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Horacio,Glad to hear your CD4 count is on the way up. The most likely cause for this increase is your "HIV drugs", not the blood transfusions. Why are you receiving transfusions? Has the cause or causes of your anemia been determined?... Read more »

Blood transfusions as treatment.

Hi, Id like to know how well plain blood transfusion(s) works with HIV. I mean before ART and HAART there wasnt many options available to delay the onset of AIDS excluding AZT with all so well known notorious side-effects. Is it technically possible...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hi and thanks for posting.Unfortunately, blood transfusions are not a treatment for HIV infection. The main issue is that even if you could replace all of the circulating blood (and plasma), there's a lot of HIV that is stuck inside 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 »

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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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 »

Contracting HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Recently my husband found out he is HIV+. At this time I am HIV - but I have only had one test and no viral load test done. We know he was negative in the beginning of last year and now he ha HIV. When I asked him about how he got this he told me... Read more »