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How are potential tissue donors screened?

The United States Public Health Services has a strict process to keep out tissues that could be unsafe. Before tissue is removed, all potential donors are screened for high-risk behaviors and transmittable diseases. This screening includes:
  • A complete physical exam and review of the donor's medical records.
  • Medical and social histories. Someone who knew the donor well will answer questions similar to those one answers when donating blood.
If there are no risk factors, symptoms, or infections, the donor is tested for infectious diseases:
  • Blood samples from all tissue donors are tested for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and syphilis.
If any of these tests are positive, the donor's tissues will not be used.

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