[Question #6267] Blood Transfusion and HIV, Hep C risk

15 months ago
I searched this forum first for HIV and Hep C risk related to blood transfusions but did not find a specific question. My girlfriend just had blood transfusion. We live in Jacksonville, Florida. Would anyone recommend us refraining from unprotected sexual activity until she is tested six weeks later just to be sure. Even out of abundance of caution, CYA perspective, are there any guidelines out there, no matter how conservative, that would recommend not having unprotected sex for 6 weeks until tested for caution for HIV or Hep C? If your significant other had a blood transfusion, what would you do?
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
15 months ago
The U.S. blood supply is tested exhaustively for possible infectious agents, including HIV and hepatitis C using the most sensitive tests available before it is used for transfusions.  Testing of blood for transfusion is highly regulated.  There are no recommendations to worry about either acquisition o infections such as HIV or hepatitis C following transfusion and certainly no reasons to abstain from sexual contact after a partner had received a blood transfusion.  This is not something I would worry about in the least.  EWH
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