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Offline Rokitansky

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Transfusion and AIDS
« on: 12/05/2004 23:18:38 »
We had a scandal in Belgrade, few days ago. A kid who recived a blood transfusion had been infectid with AIDS. The blood had been provided by a national transfusion centar, and some people who had tested it are going to be trialed.
However, the other option has also been mentioned. Is it possible that tests on AIDS are not efficent enough to descover the virus if a blood donor was infected with it recently? Tests which has been used are the standard tests reccomended by the WHO. So, how long is a "blind" period in which a presence of virus can not be detected?


 

Offline alastair84

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Re: Transfusion and AIDS
« Reply #1 on: 13/05/2004 02:19:37 »
i thought it was up to 6 months?
and then do an ELISA (enzyme linked immunoabsorbant assay) test?
then if that's positive, double check with a Western Blot test just to make sure.
Also the tests may give false negatives and false positives? - iam not too sure but that maybe having both tests eliminates this.
 

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Re: Transfusion and AIDS
« Reply #2 on: 13/05/2004 13:19:06 »
It is pretty stupid drawing out some blood, putting it into freezer,
testing people who gave blood after 6 months, and then using that
blood for transfusion.

I belive there are some faster tests.

Anyway, I think there was a human error in national transfusion center.
« Last Edit: 13/05/2004 13:24:07 by calcaneus »
 

Offline Donnah

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Re: Transfusion and AIDS
« Reply #3 on: 13/05/2004 17:34:15 »
When I've had surgery, I added a no blood clause to my permission form.  I think it encourages them to be careful.  If I was worried about needing blood, I would bank my own first.  Admittedly there's not much you can do if you are brought in unconscious, or in various other situations.
 

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Re: Transfusion and AIDS
« Reply #4 on: 13/05/2004 18:49:35 »
Yes, it is always better not to recieve transfusion unless it is absolutly neccessary. However, in my country there is no such thing as a permission form.:(
« Last Edit: 13/05/2004 18:50:08 by Rokitansky »
 

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Re: Transfusion and AIDS
« Reply #5 on: 14/05/2004 00:03:49 »
I thought the ELISA test was more famous for false positives than false negatives.  But then again, no test if foolproof.  There's always risk with a blood transfusion.
 

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