Cytomegalovirus Cmv Blood Donors

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AIDS InfoNet

Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

... What Is CMV? How Is CMV Treated? Can CMV Be Prevented? How Do I Choose a Treatment for CMV? The Bottom Line What Is CMV? Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is an opportunistic infection. The virus is very common. Between 50% and 85%
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Blood Donor ??

Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
This will depend on the rules and regulations of the blood bank facilities where you live. In some cases, to make sure the blood supply is completely safe, people who are at risk of HIV infection cannot donate blood, even if they continue to have... Read more »

CMV negative, what does it mean?

I am a regular blood donor through the Red Cross. I am AB negatvie blood type, and I'm also CMV negative. I am not infected with HIV. The Red Cross tells me CMV negative type blood is used for transfusions for pre-mature babies, babies, and burn...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
..."CMV negative" means you have never been infected with cytomegalovirus. For most people with healthy immune systems, infection with Read more »

blood donor screening

I know that you are an expert in blood banking. Do the tests that are used to screen blood donor blood in the USA detect HIV 1 group O?Thanks,
Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Response from Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
Yes, the HIV antibody tests that are licensed to screen blood in the United States do detect HIV-1 O. BJ Read more »

BLood donors

Is it true that blood donors are only screened by p24 antigen test and elisa only and only once? If this is true, isn't there a chance that the blood donated could be HIV positive but these tests just didn't register as positive yet? WOuldn't this...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Go to the red cross web site and see what they test for.MH Read more »
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, Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

California: Ammiano Calls for End to Blood Donor Ban

...the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to end its ban on blood donations by men who have had sex with men. The nonbinding US Blood Donor Nondiscriminatory Resolution asks the secretary of Health and Human Services, who oversees FDA, to repeal... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Swedish Agency Revises Guidelines for Blood Donors

...orientation. People who have engaged in sexual risk behaviors, including male-male sex and sex with prostitutes, will be suspended as blood donors for a year. In addition, employees at blood donation centers will be tasked with educating... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Cote d'Ivoire Health Minister Says HIV Decreasing Among Blood Donors

...The rate of HIV infection among blood donors in Cote d'Ivoire has declined from 8 percent to 0.3 percent, according to the National Blood Transfusion Centre (CNTS) in Abidjan. Read more »
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Donor blood center test

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Quick question if anyone knows out there. What type of test does the blood center use to test for hiv? How effective is it? It would seem nothing would get past them. Right? Where can you get the kind of test done that the blood center uses? ... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
... CMV is a virus that is causes mono like symptoms, but a person will test negative on a monospot if they have it. My question is, Read more »

Read the stories but I think I'm still +

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
I've read all the uplifting stories and still cant stop thinking I'm positive as well as some of my family members. I've posted before so some of you may rememeber. My risk was slight oral exposure (on her) to a stripper that was from Russia. It... Read more »

CMV research

Posted by JamieLEE
...What is Cytomegalovirus, (CMV)? CMV is a common virus that infects most people at some time during their lives but rarely causes obvious illness. It is a Read more »