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Is it possible to contract herpes from a blood transfusion?

Is it possible to contract herpes from a blood transfusion?

No: This has never been reported. Both species of herpes are quite common, but don't seem to get into units of blood, or if they do, the antibodies that people have who already have herpes of the skin neutralize them. There are serious risks to transfusions but this isn't one of them. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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I am having cold sores (herpes simplex 1) from a blood transfusion as an infant in 1980?

I am having cold sores (herpes simplex 1) from a blood transfusion as an infant in 1980?

Other sources: 80-90% of all adults are positive for the antibodies against herpes simplex 1, meaning they have had an active infection sometime in the past. Given these really high numbers for the general population, one does not need to invoke that a blood transfusion that happened as an infant was the cause. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to get a blood transfusion?

How dangerous is it to get a blood transfusion?

65 death in 2012: Acute reactions include:
hemolytic;febrile, non-hemolytic;bacterial contamination;allergic / anaphylaxis; ransfusion-related acute lung injury (trali)
transfusion-associated circulatory overload (taco)

chronic reactions include:
hemolytic; transfusion associated graft vs. Host disease (ta-gvhd);platelet refractoriness;post transfusion purpura;infectious disease;iron overload. ...Read more

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How safe is it for a person to get a blood transfusion?

How safe is it for a person to get a blood transfusion?

Relatively: If you really need blood, worth the risk. The greatest danger is lung damage, which is thankfully only a real problem in 1 person out of about 5000; most folks recover. Fatal type mismatches are rare today. Hives and fever are nuisances but fairly common. Blood is screened for hepatitis b and c, HIV 1 and 2, and several other viruses using 21st century technology and the risk is extremely low. ...Read more

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How healthy is it to get a blood transfusion in thailand?

How healthy is it to get a blood transfusion in thailand?

What for?: Getting a blood transfusion is a serious issue and not a do it yourself matter. If you are in the US why do you want to get a transfusion in Thailand? It would be prudent to talk to your doctor about your health issue, if you have one.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Would you get leukemia from a blood transfusion?

Would you get leukemia from a blood transfusion?

No: There may be extremly rare exceptions but a variety of reasons prevent this from happening including the careful screening of blood, the difference in the make up of individuals, the refrigerated storage of blood, use of leuko depletion to removed white blood cells, etc. ...Read more

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Can I get toxoplasmosis through blood transfusion?

Can I get toxoplasmosis through blood transfusion?

Environmental likely: This is likely aquired through your environment, particularly when dealing with cats. Since they pass it out with their feces, it can be aquired through outdoor exposure, especially if walking barefoot. It can possibly be aquired through blood transfusion, like cmv, but more likely one has already got it and the immune system handles it. If immunosuppressed, like in aids, it can reactivate. ...Read more

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Can one suffering from pancytopenia get a blood-transfusion?

Can one suffering from pancytopenia get a blood-transfusion?

Yes: Pancytopenia means a deficiency in all three major types of blood cells - white, red, and platelets. A blood transfusion would help 1 or more of those. However, it depends on the cause of the pancytopenia. Some conditions could result in destruction of the new blood products fairly quickly. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get cellulitis from a blood transfusion?

No: Very rarely blood products are contaminated with bacteria, but it would not produce a skin infection or cellulitis. ...Read more

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Would you get shingles from a blood transfusion?

Would you get shingles from a blood transfusion?

No: No, you generally get it from contact exposure; even then, you get chickenpox, and not shingles. ...Read more

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Need I get tested after a blood transfusion?

Need I get tested after a blood transfusion?

Maybe: The only test the physician may want is a CBC to follow the level of hemoglobin after the transfusion. Or if the patient develops a possible reaction due to the transfusion itself, like hemolysis or bacterial contamination. ...Read more

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Will I need to get tested after a blood transfusion?

Will I need to get tested after a blood transfusion?

Not necessarily: Unless there is a specific concern, then there is no real need, as the blood banking system is very careful in testing the units it receives prior to release, with most infectious diseases having about an 1:1, 000, 000 risk. For more information, see: http://www. Redcrossblood. Org/hospitals/infectious-disease-testing. ...Read more

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Why shouldn't an rh- woman who hasn't had children get an rh+ blood transfusion?

Why shouldn't an rh- woman who hasn't had children get an rh+ blood transfusion?

Sensitized: She'll make antibodies against D (the main Rh antigen) and these will cross the placenta and damage Junior if he/she is Rh positive. Generally, we don't give Rh-pos blood to Rh-neg people because they tend to destroy the transfused cells anyway, and who needs that? ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a male or female get a blood transfusion.. And they are low, can they die?

Can you tell me if a male or female get a blood transfusion.. And they are low, can they die?

Opposite: Transfusions are given WHEN patient blood count is low to raise them up and try to prevent worsening of their condition or death. ...Read more

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Please explain why is it important that people are given matched blood when they get a blood transfusion?

Please explain why is it important that people are given matched blood when they get a blood transfusion?

Compatibility: A blood transfusion is an essential part of medicine but careful laboratory testing to assure compatibility (your immune system accepts a donor's blood without an adverse reaction). If the laboratory testing shows compatibility (safety), the blood transfusion can proceed safely, ...Read more

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Can a baby get CMV from blood transfusion?

Can a baby get CMV from blood transfusion?

Yes: Babies will only be given blood from cmv-negative donors to prevent this transmission. ...Read more

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Can you get cancer from a blood transfusion?

Can you get cancer from a blood transfusion?

No.: It's very unlikely. First the donor, who appears completely healthy, would have to have cancer cells in their blood, such as with leukemia, and not know it. The donated unit must pass the all the lab tests. Finally the donor and the recipient would have to be a tissue match, not just have compatible blood. The odds there are less than 1 in 10, 000 if the blood is not from a relative. ...Read more

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Can a person with aids still get a blood transfusion?

Can a person with aids still get a blood transfusion?

Yes: A person with hiv/aids can receive a blood transfusion and this is done if the person is very anemic and has lost blood. However, a person with hiv/aids cannot give blood for concern of spreading HIV infection to uninfected people. ...Read more

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I have hemoglobin e. Can I get blood transfusion if I need it?

I have hemoglobin e. Can I get blood transfusion if I need it?

Need more info: You don't state if you are a hemoglobin ee or e trait or a combination with beta thalassemia. Patients with these illnesses can have anemia, often severe. The treatment is blood transfusions and they will temporarily correct the anemia. ...Read more

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

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

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) ...Read more

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What would cause a person to itch or get a rash while receiving a blood transfusion?

What would cause a person to itch or get a rash while receiving a blood transfusion?

Typical Reaction: Just like dr. Machtinger stated, blood mismatches can cause itch and rash. But the simple infusion of a "foreign" blood product can stimulate your mast cells to release histamine causing the itch and rash. Unless something more serious happens, maybe they could slow down the infusion rate and/or pre-treat you with an antihistamine to prevent this reaction in the future. ...Read more

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I live in the us, how common is it for me to get hepatitis b from a blood transfusion?

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I live in the us, how common is it for me to get hepatitis b from a blood transfusion?

Rare: The chance to get transfused with hepatitis b contaminated blood product is estimated at 1/63, 000 - 1/500, 000 per unit of product. ...Read more

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How severe should your anemia be to get a blood transfusion?

How severe should your anemia be to get a blood transfusion?

Symptomatic: A blood transfusion should be given if a person is symptomatic. Previously blood was often given for a hemoglobin less than 8.0. We now try to individualize to the specific situation and the impact the anemia is having on the body. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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During a blood transfusion if you get a fever and no other problem is this a dangerous transfusion reaction?

Maybe: If there are no other symptoms it may be a reaction to something else. However, your physicians can easily investigate the presence/absence of a reaction, and the transfusion should be stopped at the first sign of one. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get STDs from infected blood transfusion?

Is it possible to get STDs from infected blood transfusion?

Yes: All blood donated for transfusion is carefully screened for hiv, syphilis, and hepatitis b and c but it is still possible for someone to have a very early infection and the tests are negative, but the blood has virus in it. Modern tests for HIV turn positive about 12 days after exposure. You cannot get gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes or hpv from a blood transfusion. ...Read more

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Do you get blood transfusion if a uterine inversion?

Do you get blood transfusion if a uterine inversion?

Probably yes.: This can be a life threatening condition, where the placenta does not separrate from the uterus. Therefore the uterus inverts. This and its treatment can result in extensive blood loss so the patient would most likely need and get units of blood transfused. ...Read more

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Can you get hidradenitis suppurativa or cold sores from a blood transfusion?

Can you get hidradenitis suppurativa or cold sores from a blood transfusion?

No, you cannot: It is theoretically possible to get a systemic herpes infection if the person donating blood has an active viremia (virus in the blood), however that would make him/her very sick, and blood banks would not accept the blood of a sick person. So, that is a practical impossibility. Hidradenitis cannot be transmitted by blood at all. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible for someone to get STDs through blood transfusion?

STD and blood tx: Yes, HIV is one of std and can be transmitted through blood transfusion as well as contact with body fluids. In, secondary syphilis, spirochetes can be found in blood and can be transmitted through blood transfusion. Hepatitis c also can be transmitted through blood transfusion. ...Read more

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Transfusions (Definition)

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