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If blood tests positive for HIV during blood donation, will I be informed?

Testing blood donations is extremely important, because it can have important consequences for both donors and recipients. Organizations that collect blood have protocols regarding informing donors of positive tests. For example, the Red Cross notifies donors who are confirmed positive for any infectious disease and gives them the opportunity to receive counseling with a specially trained professional donor counselor. Since blood test results are private and confidential information, they contact the donor by letter or phone call to arrange a counseling appointment but do not disclose information regarding positive blood test results to anyone but the donor, except as required by law.
Yes. Donors that are confirmed positive for any infectious disease are notified and have the opportunity for counseling with a specially trained, professional Red Cross donor counselor.

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