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Is Blood Supply Safe From HIV

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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Wall Street Journal Profiles Organization Helping African Countries Secure Safe Blood Supplies to Prevent Spread of HIV

The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday profiled the Safe Blood for Africa Foundation , which was founded in 1999 to help African countries establish safe blood supplies to prevent the spread of HIV. SBAF provides countries with millions of... Read more »
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 before 1985, the year HIV testing began for all donated blood. The Public Health Service has... Read more »
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 before 1985, the year HIV testing began for all donated blood. The Public Health Service has... Read more »
Ask the Experts

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 am aware that it takes 3-6 months for HIV to develope in the blood. Therefore, I am curious to how the Amreican Red Cross can reassure that blood is...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
The United States blood supply is probably the safest blood supply in the world. Although this body.com response is probably not the place for a lengthy debate over it, the Blood Banks of America have initiated a whole series of tests to ensure its... Read more »

Is blood supply really safe?

Dr. Henry,How safe is the blood supply in the US? I am concerned because recently one of my close friends received a blood transfusion. I know blood is tested thoroughly, yet I have also read that certain strains of HIV (strain O, N) are not...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
The chances of transmitting HIV in the manner you described are incredibly low (on the order of the odds of getting in a fatal crash on the way to the blood bank). Persons from regions of the world with high rates of HIV (including areas with high... 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 friends received a blood transfusion. I know blood is tested thoroughly, yet I have also read that certain strains of HIV (strain O, N) are not...
Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Response from Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Brown University School of Medicine
We do know that there has been but one case of documented transmission of HIV in the 17 years since screening of blood donors began. We can never be 100% certain of risk-free blood transfusions, but these odds are very favorable don't you... Read more »

HIV INTO RED CROSS BLOOD SUPPLY!?

Dr. Bob,Your answers are quite extraordinary for the stress relief of others' grief. My question is simple. If there is appx. a 3 month window for HIV testing to be efficient, how is the Red Cross Blood supply not contaminated? I think anyone...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Transmission of HIV (and other transfusion-transmitted diseases) has diminished steadily over the years as a multilayer safety system has been developed and implemented. You can contact the Red Cross directly for a detailed description of the... Read more »
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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 is in the window period?

E.g. If someone was to donate 3 or 4 weeks after... Read more »

HIV and the blood supply

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Recently I was admitted to the hospital for an injury and had to receive blood because of it. That was a little over 3 months ago. Although I do realize that the blood supply rarely contains infected blood, I did get an HIV test anyway. When I... Read more »

blood supply

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
How safe is our blood supply, what if someone does test neg several times but is indeed reallt infected what makes american red cross any better at catching the small handful of people that are infected unknowingly donating is the test more accurate... Read more »

Blood supply

Posted by Anonymous
How does the blood supply protect the system when a individual has been newly infected and gives blood with out knowledge of being infected. Since it takes so long (3 months) to find out for yourself how do they do it. Just curiouse.

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