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Is Blood Supply Safe From HIV

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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 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... Read more »

Blood Donor ??

HELLO DR BRIAN , CAN I GO AHEAD AND BE A BLOOD DONOR AGAIN SINCE I'M OUT OF THE CLEAR FOR HIV .... Read more »
Articles
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

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

...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 paper-based blood-testing kits that cost between 80 cents and $1.30 each... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

USA Today Examines HIV/AIDS Among Hemophiliacs, History of Virus in U.S. Blood Supply

... USA Today on Wednesday examined HIV/AIDS among hemophiliacs and the history of the virus in the U.S. blood supply. Hemophilia, a condition in which a person's blood does not clot normally, mostly occurs in men, and hemophiliacs need... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

China's Blood Supply Not Being Monitored Properly for HIV, Needs International Assistance, Report Says

... China's blood supply still is not being monitored properly for HIV despite the Ministry of Health 's efforts to monitor the country's blood collection 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 Read more »
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HIV and the blood supply

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...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 went, the doctor told me to get tested... 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 is in Read more »

Immune system & HIV detection

Posted by andypb, 1 Reply
...What is compromised/ supressed immune system. Does compromised/ weak immune system take more time to produce antibody to HIV infection. Would a Person having as low Cd 4 counts 350 is considered to have compromised immune system. Do such... Read more »

NAT testing

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...What exactly is NAT testing? I have heard that blood banks use this technology to test the blood supply to make sure it is safe. I have recieved a 13 week negative so I'm good to donate but still a little gun-shy. I guess I am just Read more »