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Hiv Testing And Donating Blood

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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

FDA Approves New HIV Blood Test That Screens Blood, Tissue Donations For Less Common Strains

FDA last week approved a new HIV test manufactured by a Roche subsidiary that screens for two less common forms of the virus in the U.S., in addition to the most common forms of HIV and hepatitis, the AP/ Miami Herald reports. The test is... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged >18 Years Who Reported Ever Being Tested for HIV,* by Sex and Race/Ethnicity -- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2006†

* Based on responses to the following question: "Except for tests you may have had as part of blood donations, have you ever been tested for HIV?" † Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S.... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

California: Committee Urges County to Oppose FDA Ban on Blood Donations From Gay Men

A Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors committee says the county should formally oppose the Food and Drug Administrations ban on blood donations by gay men. The committee, made up of two members from the five-member board, voted on Feb. 14 to... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Tests for HIV at blood donations in the UK

I live in the UK and have donated blood twice. Can you please confirm that all blood donations are screened for the HIV virus, and would the blood centre advise you if the results were positive?Thanks...
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
I cannot comment on what UK policy is regarding those issues.... Read more »

Test for HIV on donated blood

When some one donates blood (blood bank) they do test the blood for STD. If a person is fount to be HIV+ does the blood bank notefies that person. How safe is to say that if a person is not notefied by the blood bank then that person is HIV- FOR...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Let me start by saying that using a blood donation to find out one's HIV status is a terrible, immoral, selfish thing to do. That said, if a person is not notified that their blood is HIV+, it is reasonable to assume that the donor is either... Read more »

hiv test after blood donate

My case is rather interesting I guess, so please give me short advise if possible. I had a sexual relationship with my girlfriend and as I belived it is serious and girl was protected we did not use condom. I am contracted seaman and went to see for...
Richard Cordova III

Response from Richard Cordova III

Test Positive Aware Network
Hi, Chris:12 weeks is needed to test for anti-bodies not a PCR DNA test. PCR DNA tests look for the actual virus and you do not need to wait 12 weeks for an accurate PCR DNA test result. The eight weeks would have been sufficient. In health,Richard... Read more »

HIV screening for donating blood (BLOOD DONATION, FALSE POSITIVE TEST 2009)

Dr. Bob, My sister recently tried to donate blood and was denied. She recieved a letter stating that she was HIV positive. How accurate are the tests that the Red Cross performs? She is getting an HIV test but I would like to know what the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,The purpose of HIV screening at blood donation sites is to protect the blood supply, not to diagnose HIV disease. The tests run at blood donation centers are very sensitive so that they won't miss any true infections. In the process they... Read more »
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donating blood

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Does the Red Cross notify people if their blood test + for HIV or hepatitis?

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Red Cross Donate Blood

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I donated blood about 3.5 weeks ago NOT TO GET AN HIV TEST. I answered truthfully and for heterosexual men I guess they don't care much because I was able to answer 100% truthfully. So don't get upset at me please!

But my question was that I had... Read more »

blood donation question

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
If donated blood tests positive for HIV, how long after the donation date will the donor of that blood be notified? Thanks

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donating blood

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
My partner is HIV neg; (I've seen the lab tests). If he's been giving blood regularly since we've been having unprotected sex, wouldn't he be tested when he does? Would he be notified about a change in his status? Read more »