Last March the center fro Disease Control and Prevention commented on
questions about safety the US blood supply, Here is some of that information:
The CDC reports that since March 1985 blood donations are required for
the antibody to HIV - 1 for HIV - 2 since June 1992 and beginning in
August 1995 for HIV - 1 by an additional test, a p24 antigen test which
can detect HIV - 1 a week before the HIV antibody develops.
The risk for HIV transmission with the current screening, is 1 in about
450,000 to 1 in 600,000 donations infectious for HIV but do not test
positive by currently available HIV antibody tests.
On Guam, GMH pathologist, Dr. Philip Dauteman, is confident about the
antibody and antigen testing conducted on donated blood at GMH. Newer
tests have shortened the window period where earlier tests wouldn't
identify HIV so that tests now will show HIV infection acquired as
recently as 30 days ago.
Those who do not know their HIV status should have it tested at Public
Health or a private clinic Before donating blood. According to the
enters for Disease Control and Prevention, people at risk for HIV
infection should not donate blood.
Antibody testing at recommendedintervals by a HIV counseling and testing
site is the best way for health care providers to routinely diagnose HIV
in adults and children over 18 months.
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