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Dr. Donald Alves
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Soon: Depends on proximity to a blood processing center, but testing is done as soon as possible, since it must be completed (and all negative) prior to rel ... Read More

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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
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Hiv screen in blood: Blood donations are screened for HIV 1 and HIV 2 by enzyme immunoassay (EIA) followed by one or more confirmation tests. The windowperiod between infe ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Coutts ii
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Yes: The initial screening test for HIV is very sensitive, but not very specific. The back up screening tests are much more specific for HIV.
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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No: The needles used for finger pricks are single use disposable needles. A formally set up blood drive would be following universal precautions and safe ... Read More
A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
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NO, not possible!: It is your plasma, and the tubing comes as a complete system and is only used once then discarded. You cannot get a blood-transmitted disease from don ... Read More
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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
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Urban myth: There are no "rare strains" of HIV not diagnosed by the duo test. And oral thrush plus neuropathy-like symptoms would never be the only manifestations ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
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Unclear Q, but...: Whole blood donation is every 56 days. A pheresis machine can collect 2 units of red blood cells at one time, returning other components--this can be ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
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Re-ask & elaborate: OK, please explain what you mean here as a question & we can try to help. Can also call blood donor center (they give you a call # on paperwork) o ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Afshine Emrani
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Yes: But only for a short time (for hours) and should drink water or have some salty food afterward.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Does not matter: It is your choice. If one arm has a more readily accessible vein, that would be preferable for ease of collection. I commend you for wanting to donate ... Read More
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