Is Blood Supply Safe From HIV
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Wall Street Journal Profiles Organization Helping African Countries Secure Safe Blood Supplies to Prevent Spread of HIVThe 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 »
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Harvard Medical SchoolThe 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 »
University of Minnesota, School of MedicineThe 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 »
Brown University School of MedicineWe 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 »
The Robert James Frascino AIDS FoundationHi,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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Posted by Anonymous, 2 RepliesJust 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 »
Posted by Anonymous, 1 ReplyRecently 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 »
Posted by Anonymous, 1 ReplyHow 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 »
Posted by AnonymousHow 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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