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Is it possible to contract herpes from a blood transfusion?
2 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Juan Merayo-Rodriguez
Agree with Dr Ed Friedlander about no transmission of Herpes Simplex 1&2. There are other types of herpes virus like CMV and EBV that may be transmitted since they infect nucleated cells like white blood cells, but with filters for Leukoreduction the possibilities are very low.
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