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CDC: Rare, but one can get HIV via blood

Although getting an HIV infection via a blood transfusion in the United States is rare, federal health officials say it is possible and has occurred.

A report, published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, details the case of a patient who was infected with human immunodeficiency virus through a blood transfusion.

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires blood collection centers to assess donor eligibility using screening questionnaires and highly-sensitive laboratory tests," the report says. "These requirements have significantly reduced, but not eliminated, the risk of transfusion-transmitted HIV infection."
 
 

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