Chances of catching hepatitis C and HIV from blood transfusion now?
My sister has been ill this year. Had surgery in Aug 06 and received 2 units of blood. Has now been diagnosed with Hep C and is being tested for HIV. Dr thinks she got it from the blood transfusions. Other causes are pretty much ruled out. (She is in a monogomous relationship and does not do drugs.) I thought they tested blood for these things. Is it possible that the test missed these things?
Thanks, everyone. My sister received the last of her test results - HEP C 1A - which is one of the most resistant to treatment, but we are hopeful. GOOD NEWS - NO HIV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hepatitis C is the most common cause of transfusion-related hepatitis. In recent years about 30,000 new cases occur each year in the US, despite VERY rigorous testing of blood and equally rigorous criteria restricting who can and who cannot donate blood. The reason hepatitis C continues to be a transfusion risk is that some patients who donate blood are infected and don't know it, and they have no history of illness to suggest prior infection because many cases of hepatitis C infection produce no symptoms at the time of infection. But most important, these "silent" infected patients cannot be detected by any know test.
Blood is tested for them but like all things, human error can intervene.
It's possible but unlikely. There is not a zero chance but the blood has been tested thoroughly for last 11 years. It's possible the donor had it recently however. The test is not 100 percent but it remains unlikely. (The current estimate is 1 in 103,000.)
I Think Donated Blood is Routinely Tested for These Organisms, it was Not Always So.
I am sorry about your sister. I will pray for her health and pray she has none of the other diseases she is being tested for.
How terrible... I am so sorry to hear that. It must be possible because the consent you have to sign states that there is a possibility of contracting bloodborne illnesses such as HIV and Hepatitis, but it is highly unlikely because the blood is tested thoroughly. I am sure it does happen in rare cases. Best wishes for your sister.
I MYSELF HAVE BEEN EXPOSED . I WOULD HAVE NEVER KNOWN TILL I WAS TRYING 2 HAVE BABY. THEY DO SCREEN NOW DAYS . BUT IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN LIKE ME I AM IMMUNE AS OF NOW.BUT MY HUSBAND ENDED UP HAVING TO DO MEDICATION AND IS NOW IN REMISSION. WE WILL KEEP HER IN OUR PRAYERS
The blood is tested and the risk is less than 1%. Although human error is always possible, the most likely problem is early infection. Peopled who have just been exposed to HepC before donation will feel heathy and have no symptoms. They will not have time to have produced antibodies and the level of virus may be too low to measure.
There is all but no chance it came from the blood transfusion. The system is standardized & they use a nationwide data base to eliminate anyone who has ever tested positive. Different types of tests have different error rates. They use the ones with the most false positives & least negatives. The protocol is very strict. Much more so than in a hospital, by the way.
blood transfusion seldom is the route of such an infection especially in advanced and modern health parameters taken in consideration in medical practice nowadays, but in suburban communities where blood testing for these hazards are not done well ,posibility of HIV and HCV are expected
thats a hard quwstion to answer for they are to test the blood before they administer to anyone. If thats the case I d seek legal help for medical malpractice
hep c is tricky, sharing jewelery,razors,tooth brushes,snorting drugs, tats etc are ways,military vaccines.i have hep c type 2b ,if you want info i will tell you what has been workin for me.i treat alternative,and now feel great again.
Yes it is possible. Sadly it is very possible in some areas. There was a recent article about a new process that will allow the culturing of HCV to be easier, more effective, and more available.
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