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Hepatitis From Blood Transfusion

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Hep C and Complete Blood Transfusion

Hi, my sister has recently been diagnosed with Hep C. Reading online there is no 'cure' per say, would a complete blood transfusion be an idea as a way to cure it? I am not sure how hep c works within the body/cells/organs/tissues, but I...
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
It's a good thought, but HCV is present, not only within the blood, but in other organs like the liver as well. So just replacing all the blood would not remove all the tissue reservoirs of HCV in the body.... Read more »

Transmission of Hep C through a Blood Transfusion

Hello!My mother had a blood transfusion in 1980/81 after an ectopic pregnancy. She refuses to get tested, but I'm concerned for her. She's very healthy, looks and feels great. Is it possible she could still have it after 26 years?...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
Yes it is possible. She should have a simple blood test for hepatitis C antibody. It is also very possible that if she got hepatitis C at that time, she may have cleared it due to her young age and one time exposure. So please get her to agree to... Read more »

positive hep c antigen on blood transfusion screening

I attempted to give blood for the first time 6 months ago and they notified me that I had + hepc antigen but that my RIBA was negative as well as NAT test. They told me to try again in 6 months which I did and received the same notification today I...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
I dont know what NAT is, but if it is HCV RNA then you are fine. I would certainly do another quantitative HCV RNA to be certain. Good luck! DTD... Read more »

BBlood Transfusion and HIV

I understand that receiving a blood transfusion is a low risk activity. Dothey test each unit of blood that is given? If so, do they use the same blood test for HIV that would be given tome? Given that the HIV test may not show positive results for...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question.My answer is stricly limited for the testing of the blood supply in theUnited States. Blood screening proceedures can vary from country to country. In the USA, EVERY unit of blood is tested for a number of... 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 »

Hepatitis C and Coinfection

Posted by statusCunknown, 1 Reply
Hi, I'm new to this board and wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself.

My name is Shari and I am not infected with HIV, (this by shear luck only). I AM infected with Hepatitis C and the virus has caused severe damage to my liver.

Over 5... Read more »