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.
- Q Who might need a blood transfusion?
- Q What are the risks associated with blood transfusions?
- Q Is a blood transfusion from a volunteer donor for cancer treatment safe?
- Q Why would a person need a red blood cell transfusion?
- Q What are leukocyte-reduced blood transfusions?
- Q Which blood component is used in blood transfusion?