Transmission of HIV by Transfusion of Screened Blood

James G. Donahue, Kenrad E. Nelson, Alvaro Muñoz, Hugh A. Mcallister, David H. Yawn, Paul M. Ness, Noah D. Cohen

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To the Editor: Despite evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of donor-screening procedures for HIV type 1 (HIV-1),1,2 there remains considerable concern among members of the general public about the safety of the blood supply. Both indirect and direct estimates of the risk of transfusion-transmitted HIV-1 infection have been reported. Cumming et al.1 based their estimate of a risk of 0.00065 percent (1 in 153,000) on test results from donors at 41 regional blood centers in the United States and on the probability of a seropositive donation during an eight-week “window period.” We recently reported the interim results of a large, prospective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number24
StatePublished - Dec 13 1990

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