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Safe blood transfusion v. Window period

Hi Doc!I have heard that places that accept blood (for storage and transfusion) can know if the blood is infected even if the person donating is at his/her window period. Then why don't they use this technology to straight-away determine if a person...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,The answer to your first question is a bit complex and technical, but I'll try to explain.Blood donors have been screened for HIV since 1985. Although newer generations of the test have been developed that increase the sensitivity Read more »

The Prevalance of HIV?? How safe is our blood supply?

Hi, I am very concerned about the accuracy of HIV screening in donated blood. first of all I... Read more »

Is blood supply really safe?

Dr. Fisher, How safe is the blood supply in the US? I am concerned because recently one of my close... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

How Safe Is the Blood Supply in the United States?

... The U.S. blood supply is among the safest in the world. Nearly all people infected with HIV through blood transfusions received those transfusions Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Kenya Launches Safe Blood Collection Effort

...teaming with medical technology company BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) to train clinicians how to safely collect and handle blood. "We have an ambitious program to eliminate potentially any risk of HIV transmission in our health care... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Botswana Project Encourages Young People to Donate "Safe Blood," Stay HIV-Free

... Botswana has launched a new project that encourages young people to donate "safe blood" and teaches them how to avoid contracting HIV, Reuters AlertNet reports. The project, Pledge 25, targets youths both in and Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

About 80% of People Worldwide Do Not Have Access to Safe Blood; Contaminated Blood Causes 5% of HIV Infections in Africa

... About 80% of people worldwide do not have access to safe blood and contaminated blood causes about 5% of all new HIV infections in Africa, the World Health Organization announced on Tuesday, Read more »
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blood donation

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...The nurse was touching with her finger, no gloves, the hole on my arm from which I donated blood, during a blood donation session. The hole was still open and there was blood on it. I don't recall her having blood on her finger, Read more »

Blood Supply

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Just a quick query on what is done to keep the blood supply safe? I know that tests are run on all blood that is donated but how do they detect HIV in the blood of someone that Read more »

blood donation got awry

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...I donated blood for the first time a couple of months ago during a blood drive. Once, they got my blood, they placed a piece of cotton on the Read more »

blood donation

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...I donated blood for the first time a couple of months ago during a blood drive. Once, they got my blood, they placed a piece of cotton on the Read more »