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Is it safe to get a blood transfusion?

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  • AAmerican Red Cross answered
    Many patients and their families are concerned about the risk of contracting a disease (e.g., hepatitis, HIV, bacterial infection) through a transfusion. While blood transfusions are not risk-free, the blood supply is safer than ever. Red Cross volunteer blood donors are carefully screened for risk factors that would disqualify them from donating blood. In addition, every donation goes through extensive testing for various infectious disease markers, including HIV and hepatitis. Donations that test positive are destroyed.

    The risk of contracting HIV, hepatitis, or bacterial infection from a blood transfusion is extremely low. When a transfusion is needed, the benefits of receiving blood outweigh the risk of contracting an infectious disease. If your doctor recommends a transfusion, ask about the benefits and risks.

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