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If you have HIV can you donate your organs to someone else with hiv?

If you have HIV can you donate your organs to someone else with hiv?

Not legal in the US: Currently prohibited by law in the US, this approach might be a reasonable way to expand the very inadequate pool of organs. We use this strategy for donors with hepatitis B and hepatitis C. The recipients must always understand and agree. Unless the law is changed, it is not an option in America. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Hiv (Definition)

Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more


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I got a urine sample taken and they said they found organisms in my urine. Could that mean that I have HIV ?

I got a urine sample taken and they said they found organisms in my urine. Could that mean that I have HIV ?

No: Bacteria in urine are common and may or may not indicate infection, but these are not the infections that are markers for HIV. If you are concerned about your HIV status, get tested in any case. It's not a bad idea for everyone. Best wishes. ...Read more

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When you donate blood, do they test it for HIV?

When you donate blood, do they test it for HIV?

Yes: For more than 2 decades now, all blood donated in the USA are tested for HIV, (in addition to other virus and bacteria) ...Read more

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Why did they keep on letting drug addicts donate blood after HIV was first identified? Didnt they know?

Why did they keep on letting drug addicts donate blood after HIV was first identified? Didnt they know?

HIV: They did not have a reliable blood test to screen or confirm HIV for many months after the disease was discovered. Sorry! ...Read more

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Why can't you donate your sperm if you are HIV positive?

Why can't you donate your sperm if you are HIV positive?

Risk: Short answer is risk. Hiv is transmitted in semen, so there is a theoretical risk of transmission to the woman or any lab workers handling the specimen, although I am not aware of any reported instances of this happening. It is also costly to process the specimen to minimize this risk. ...Read more

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Will red cross tell you if your donated blood is positive for hiv?

Will red cross tell you if your donated blood is positive for hiv?

Yes: In the first place, they wouldn't draw your blood if it is + , they screen all donors and make sure it is free of infection! ...Read more

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

Depends: The risk of HIV from blood transfusion donated by friends and family really depends on the individual risk of each family member. Some family members may be at higher risk if they use injection drugs or practice high risk sexual behaviors, which do not involve using barrier protection. While we may like to think that we always know the people who are close to us, this may not always be the case. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more