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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!

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I donated blood three days ago. The area just above the point where the needle was inserted, is red and swollen. It is also sore. Is this normal?

I donated blood three days ago. The area just above the point where the needle was inserted, is red and swollen. It is also sore. Is this normal?

Should be OK but...: If it is particularly tender to touch or if there is a discharge from the site, a local infection may have occurred. Other potential causes may be a mild phlebitis from a small clot developing in the vein that was accessed. If this doesn't resolve for you in a week, I would have it evaluated by your physician.

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Deliveryman brought plastic for mattress he's cut on his hand n blood was on it. Touched blood on it. I got cut n bad allergy on hand redness. Hiv risk?

Deliveryman brought plastic for mattress he's cut on his hand n blood was on it. Touched blood on it. I got cut n bad allergy on hand redness. Hiv risk?

Stop worrying: The deliveryman bled all over your mattress plastic, and you touched the dried blood where you have a cut and a rash on your hand? This is still an unrealistic fear. Dried blood is a solid and isn't going to percolate into tissues; even your rash and your cut are sealed by your fibrin. With concerns like these, you'd do well to get with your physician and talk about your fears generally.

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What to do if I have red rash after blood donation?

What to do if I have red rash after blood donation?

Contact blood center: It would be prudent to call your blood center where you donated blood. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining the rash.

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Can you get hiv from dry blood on toilet paper? I don't even think it was blood but it was red so I'm not sure. The red bit didn't touch me though.

Very low risk: If you did not touch what you thought was blood, you are not at risk for HIV. Unrelated to your question: Practice safe sex, Get HPV vaccine, exercise regularly and If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time. You may consider implanted contraceptive or IUD.

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I have hang nails and received a blood stained dollar bill. No hang nails were bleeding, just red like blood and healing. Is there an HIV risk.

I have hang nails and received a blood stained dollar bill. No hang nails were bleeding, just red like blood and healing. Is there an HIV risk.

No: A blood stained dollar bill. Nobody knows how long HIV lives on environmental surfaces. It's not long and drying seems to kill it. Hangnails are sealed by fibrin and won't get infected with HIV. A physician or psychologist can help you be rid of these unwanted thoughts. To be brave, act brave.

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8 days after unprotected sex (only with precum) and 72h pill I found blood in my urine (bright red) last 2 days so far no other symptoms? Is that HIV?

Hematuria: Acute HIV infection or retro viral syndrome doesn't present with hematuria. You either have trauma or urethritis or bladder infection. Always have safe sex and for now see your MD, get tested with a urine and a full exam. If you are worried get tested for STD's. Be safe

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8 days after unprotected sex (only with precum) and 72h pill I found blood in my urine (bright red) last 2 days so far no other symptoms? Is that HIV?

Not HIV: Blood in your urine is not a sign of HIV, its more likely to be a urinary tract infection or urine mixing with blood from the uterus. Unexpected bleeding is a common side-effect of taking an emergency contraceptive pill. Best wishes!

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Blood Donation (Definition)

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