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When Donating Blood Does It Get Tested For Hiv

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Blood Donation and HIV testing

Dear Mr. Sowadsky, I realize that after a person donates blood, his/herdonation is tested for HIV as well as other infectious diseases. Also, I have heard that blood donation centersalert people when their blood tests positive for HIV. Therefore, is...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

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Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question.You are correct that if a person donates blood, and tests positive for one ofthe screening tests (including HIV), they will be notified by the blood bankthat they have tested positive for one of the diseases that they... Read more »

Blood donation 1992, tested positive to HIV2 antibodies

Told I can no longer donate blood, should I be getting any treatments? protection? Am I contageous... Read more »

Test for HIV on donated blood

When some one donates blood (blood bank) they do test the blood for STD. If a person is fount to be... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

FDA Approves New HIV Blood Test That Screens Blood, Tissue Donations For Less Common Strains

FDA last week approved a new HIV test manufactured by a Roche subsidiary that screens for two less common forms of the virus in the U.S., in addition to the most common forms of HIV and hepatitis, the AP/ Miami Herald reports. The test is... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged >18 Years Who Reported Ever Being Tested for HIV,* by Sex and Race/Ethnicity -- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2006†

* Based on responses to the following question: "Except for tests you may have had as part of blood donations, have you ever been tested for HIV?" † Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S.... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

California: Committee Urges County to Oppose FDA Ban on Blood Donations From Gay Men

A Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors committee says the county should formally oppose the Food and Drug Administrations ban on blood donations by gay men. The committee, made up of two members from the five-member board, voted on Feb. 14 to... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Red Cross Calls for Equal Treatment of Gay Blood Donors

Thursday at a blood donation conference in Bethesda, Md., the American Red Cross joined other groups to petition a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel to relax guidelines that ban gay blood donors. Since 1985, FDA policy has prohibited any... Read more »
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donating blood

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Does the Red Cross notify people if their blood test + for HIV or hepatitis?

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blood donation question

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
If donated blood tests positive for HIV, how long after the donation date will the donor of that blood be notified? Thanks

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Red Cross Donate Blood

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I donated blood about 3.5 weeks ago NOT TO GET AN HIV TEST. I answered truthfully and for heterosexual men I guess they don't care much because I was able to answer 100% truthfully. So don't get upset at me please!

But my question was that I had... Read more »

Donating Blood

Posted by SamGlue, 2 Replies
Hey again everyone,

Just to refresh, I stepped on a needle and tested out to 12 weeks - negative. My quick query is whether or not I am able to donate blood now?

Under the extremely unlikely scenario that I was a late seroconverter, would the... Read more »