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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

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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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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Positive HIV screener test at blood donation... Negative IFA and Negative NAT... False positive?

Positive HIV screener test at blood donation... Negative IFA and Negative NAT... False positive?

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. ...Read more

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If i donated blood to the red cross and recieved a donor card does that mean my blood is good?

If i donated blood to the red cross and recieved a donor card does that mean my blood is good?

No problem found: Even red cross does not (/can not) test for everything, but if you got a new donor card (congratulations!) instead of a deferral letter, you are correct, they are using your blood to help save up to three people's lives. Keep up the great work and thank you! ...Read more

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In a blood donation camp, I donated blood. To check Haemoglobin the official pricked me . I forgot to check if the needle was new. Am I at risk HIV?

In a blood donation camp, I donated blood. To check  Haemoglobin the official pricked me . I forgot to check if the needle was new. Am I at risk HIV?

No: The needles used for finger pricks are single use disposable needles. A formally set up blood drive would be following universal precautions and safety protocols to help prevent the spread of illness. ...Read more

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I donated blood keep hearing horror stories like the tests are very sensitive and u may get a letter saying you have hep c or HIV (fpositives) true?

I donated blood keep hearing horror stories like the tests are very sensitive and u may get a letter saying you have hep c or HIV (fpositives) true?

Donating Blood: Nope. And given your admitted lifestyle choices you documented here on healthtap you have absolutely no reason to even wonder if you could have those diseases. So, why the paranoia? It is beneath you. ...Read more

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I had negative hiv duo 4 months after sex. I donated blood after 5 months. It was accepted. They do hiv, hep b & c antibody and RNA tests. Am I clear?

I had negative hiv duo 4 months after sex. I donated blood after 5 months. It was accepted. They do hiv, hep b & c antibody and RNA tests. Am I clear?

It appears so: Given all of the tests have been negative, there is no problem I can see unless you have since had sex with a new partner then the tests may not turn positive for weeks later. ...Read more

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Could a blood donation to the Red Cross detect that I have MRSA?

Could a blood donation to the Red Cross detect that I have MRSA?

No: That is not tested for, since if it was in your blood you would be very sick. Carrier state is tested usually by a nasal swab and culture. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how aids/hiv affect red blood cells?

Can you tell me how aids/hiv affect red blood cells?

Not directly: HIV affects white blood cells, lymphocytes. The resulting illness and some of the treatments can lower red blood cell counts. ...Read more

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If I have HIV in my blood, when will red cross notify me?

If I have HIV in my blood, when will red cross notify me?

HIV: My contact with the red cross tells me that they will notify you as soon as they receive the test results. ...Read more

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


Dr. Donald Alves
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Blood Donation (Definition)

Blood donation is the act of giving ones blood to a blood bank, so that it may be used in the future to help someone else. People with transmissible viral diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis C, are not able to donate blood, as ...Read more