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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
...because the production of detectable antibodies, which is an immune response, requires time. With the use of NAT, the HIV window period has been reduced to approximately 16 days.NAT is FDA-approved only for use in screening donated blood. It is... Read more »

Menstruation blood

Hello Doctor, I am a chronic Hep B carrier.. HBV-DNA Viral load Q-PCR.. 167 IU/ml (1,169... Read more »

Contact with a womans period bloodThe Body: Rick Sowadsky M.S.P.H., C.D.S, Answers to Safe Sex Questions

Without having sex, I had contact with a prostitue, both with underwear on. She apparently started... Read more »
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The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests I: Complete Blood Count and Blood Chemistry

...tired. Anemia can be caused by certain HIV drugs. Women may alsoexperience anemia as a result of blood loss through menstrual periods. White blood cells(leukocytes) White blood cells (WBCs) are produced by the immune system... Read more »
The Well Project

Side Effects of HIV Drugs

...particularly in women with weakened immune systems. These problems include irregular, heavier, lighter, painful, or stopped periods. Some HIV drugs may cause menstrual irregularities, but more research is needed to find out for sure. One small... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Chemistry Panel

...indicate digestive problems. Phosphorus , like calcium, is a major component of bones. Low levels of phosphorus for a long period of time can cause damage to bones, nerves and muscles. High phosphate levels are most often due to kidney failure. ... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

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

...because of improved screening of donors and counseling. Donor counseling and screening are essential because there is always a period of time after a person contracts HIV when the virus does not show up on tests but is still infectious. Safe... Read more »
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Blood Supply

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...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 they were infected and had not seroconverted how is their... Read more »

blood banks

Posted by nomoreworry4me, 3 Replies
...give blood dont they imformed you if there promblems with your blood.. I was tested before I donate I was at end of the window period when health dept told me I'm good to go can even donate blood Read more »

blood drives my dr she wont tell me not gave

Posted by nomoreworry4me
...give blood dont they imformed you if there promblems with your blood.. I was tested before I donate I was at end of the window period when health dept told me I'm good to go can even donate blood [/quote] Are you saying you belive the health... Read more »

U CAN GAVE BLOOD AFTER YOU DONT TESTING AFTER

Posted by nomoreworry4me
... WINDOW PERIOD MAKE SURE U ARE NEGATIVE AND HEALTH DEPT WILL TELL U CAN DONATE BLOOD AT REDCROSS U CAN SAVE A LIFE Read more »