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what diseases (other then hiv) are transmitted through blood transfusion?

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Dr. Juan Merayo-Rodriguez
Pathology 23 years experience
Bacterial: Bacterial contamination of blood products, especially in platelets that are stored at room temperature, is the most common infectious risk of blood transfusion, occurring in approximately 1 of 2000-3000. Others are parasites like Babesia(Babesiosis), Trypanosoma(Chagas), Plasmodium(Malaria), Leishmania(Leishmaniasis), Viral(Hepatitis, Dengue, West Nile, CMV, HTLV) Prion(Creutzfeldt Jakob, vCJD)

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What is risk of HIV from blood transfusion donated by friends and family?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Depends on lifestyle: The risk of aquiring an infection depends on the donor's health condition, and what behaviors he/she engaged in. This is why people are screened before they donate blood. They are checked for temperature, amount of iron, asked questions about general health, and have blood pressure taken. The blood is even screened after donation for things like hiv. Anyone with higher risk cannot donate.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How much time does it take to get HIV following infected blood transfusion?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Immediately: If you get transfused with blood that has HIV in it, you are infected immediately. Blood tests for hiv, depending on the type of test may take 3 week to a year to turn positive. Development of aids may take a few years.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How safe is a blood transfusion? How likely is it I'll get HIV?

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Dr. Juan Merayo-Rodriguez
Pathology 23 years experience
59 Deaths in 2013: Transfusion is safer today than ever, but as any other intervention in medicine has risks associated with it. The infectious disease most commonly associated with transfusion is bacterial contamination in platelet components about 1 in 12, 000 transfusions. To put it in perspective HIV is about 1 in 2 million. The most common adverse event (1%) is fever and hives along with volume overload (TACO)

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