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Can You Get Herpes From A Blood Transfusion
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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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