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Old 05-25-2006, 01:09 PM   #1
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Suppressive therapy and donating blood

Has anyone donated blood for the first time while on suppressive therapy? I didn't take my zovirax for 3 days prior to donating (per red cross after 9/11). I got a letter back stating inconclusive results regarding HIV antibioties. That i needed to get tested for HIV. Scary! They have a sentence in there that states almost all of these cases, individuals with these inconclusive results are found later not to have the infection at all. A lot of good that does for me going into a holiday weekend Has anyone else had this and not been infected? I've had hsv2 for 12yrs or so, did have a hiv test around that time and it was negative. Even if i am *negative* I can't donate blood because of the rules. I can only donate to myself.

I don't remember.. how long does it take to get a hiv test back these days? is it still best to do it anonymous? cash vs insurance?

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Old 05-26-2006, 06:04 AM   #2
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Re: Suppressive therapy and donating blood

If you're HSV1/2 positive, it's OK to give blood, the virus doesn't reside in the blood.

HIV is a different story, all donated blood is screened for HIV. If you know you're HIV positive you can't be donating blood under normal conditions. An HIV test can be received in about 4-10 days. You can check with your local health department clinic for anonymous testing. *****.com has a partnership with this board, which has sponsored links for on-line blood testing.

Read up on HIV testing, it's a two test process if your result is positive. The second test is a WesternBlot confirmation test. However, for blood donations only a first test is performed. Do not confuse WesternBlot testing between HIV and HSV. These are two very different tests, using a similar method in molecular biology.

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Old 06-15-2006, 08:30 AM   #3
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Re: Suppressive therapy and donating blood

I was tested and ended up being negative. I wasn't that freaked out about it since i knew i was extremely low risk.. but you always have in the back of your mind....

Old 06-15-2006, 09:02 AM   #4
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Re: Suppressive therapy and donating blood

That is wonderful news!! As you said, even though you are low risk and were positive the results would be negative, there always is a little bit of nagging doubt . . just enough to stress you out . . which of course = more o/b!!

You must be soooooo relieved!!

Old 06-16-2006, 04:48 PM   #5
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Re: Suppressive therapy and donating blood

actually i didn't even stress enough for a ob!

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