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Posted by: wondering | 2008/10/06

hiv

do they test for hiv every time you donate blood?
how long after getting hiv does is show in you blood?
i am asking coz my sil was diagnosed but has had it for a while now.

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Dear Wondering
They do screen donated blood for HIV everytime.
About 3-6 months after infection, HIV antibodies start showing up in your blood ( viral particles can be picked up earlier)
Dr Bets

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