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The American Red Cross started screening all donors using a questionnaire to evaluate behavior-based risk. Folks on PrEP may not donate.
Plus: Buy a “Queer Blood America” work by artist Jordan Eagles, who fights the FDA’s discriminatory ban on blood donors.
Those who received blood or blood products prior to 1992 are at higher risk for hepatitis C.
In a recent statement, the Food and Drug Administration underscored the need for better technologies to protect the nation’s blood supply.
The distribution of contaminated blood products left nearly 7,500 people infected with HIV and hepatitis C in the 1970s and ’80s.
Nucleic acid tests help reduce the window period during which an HBV-infected individual’s antibodies are still undetectable in the blood.
In general, blood donations are not accepted.
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