Published in AIDS Weekly, July 8th, 1996
"The safety of the blood supply has dramatically increased over the past decade. While there still is a risk, it is exceedingly small," said George B. Schreiber, Westat Inc., Rockville, Maryland.
Schreiber and colleagues reviewed the records of 586,507 repeat donors to estimate how many newly infected people give blood during the 22-day "window period" before they begin to make detectable amounts of antibodies.
Donations during the window period also can allow donations infected with HTLV, hepatitis B and C to get past the screening...
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