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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...
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 for... 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 »

Is it safe to swim with your menstrual period in a pool

I hope you can end a long-time heated debate between my husband and I. I'm co-infected with... Read more »
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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 out of school because "most of them... 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, which is the first World Blood Donor Day , Xinhua/... 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 »
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Hopkins / Window Period

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Found the following post this morning on the window period. It's from Dr. Gallant from around 1999 or 1998. The question is about blood transfusions, but his answer is more about the window period.

Q: Having a relative who received a blood... Read more »

sex with a condom, but she had her period.

Posted by Nelson44, 2 Replies
Hi Everyone,

I just need someone to give me some output regarding having protected sex with a female(most likely HIV-, but not sure)
but in the middle of having sex her period started and there was blood on the condom, no breakage, slippage or... Read more »

Is the practice safe?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Dear Friend
I met a handsome guy and had sex with me. I was on the top and I did not use a condom. I did not ejaculate into my partner's anus. We had unprotected sex three times. Yeah, I was fool and I admit it. We have a relationship although we... Read more »

Period

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies

If a woman have unprotected sex whit a man that is known to be HIV+ - is it true that it is easier for her to get infected if she has her period at the time?

Vic.



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