According to the latest medical research, the chance of receiving an HIV-infected transfusion is estimated to be about 1 in 2,000,000 or less. The blood supply is well protected from the AIDS virus. The risk of being infected with HIV from a blood transfusion is very low. The risk of infection exists during what is called the “window period.” This is the time between the actual infection with HIV and when the test can detect the presence of the virus or antibodies to the virus in a person’s blood. An estimate of the length of this period is now 10-12 days. Since the Red Cross began testing blood for the HIV-antibody in early 1985, the risk of HIV-contaminated blood entering the blood supply has dropped dramatically.
Joseph D McCracken, MD
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Is there a cure for hypocalcemia?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
Administering oral calcium supplements can often cure hypocalcemia. If hypocalcemia occurs as the result of hypoparathyroidism or another underlying condition, the underlying condition may need treatment. If this is the case, your doctor may not be able to cure your hypocalcemia.
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Learn Your Lipids answeredThe cholesterol transported in high-density lipoprotein (HDL) is called 'good' cholesterol. One of the important functions of HDL is to transport cholesterol from the cells and tissue back to the liver. High HDL-cholesterol is good as it takes cholesterol out of cells and the blood and helps to prevent excess cholesterol. HDL also removes cholesterol deposited in the walls of blood vessels.
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