Could I get HIV from receiving blood?

American Red Cross
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.

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Blood Diseases

Blood Diseases

There are many types of blood diseases. Some, such as hemophilia, a condition in which blood does not clot normally, are inherited. Others, such as iron-deficiency anemia, may result from heavy menstrual periods, ulcers, colon pol...

yps and even an iron-poor diet, making you dizzy, cold, weak and irritable. Still others, such as sepsis, which is an overstimulation of the immune system, are caused by infection. Learn more about various types of blood disease and treatment with expert advice from Sharecare.

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