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monkeyflower/whoisthis--blood transfusion question

Thought I would ask you guys this question.  Does anyone know the statistical likelyhood of contracting an infection from a blood transfusion?  The blood transfusion was 3 1/2 years ago.  Would the recipient, if infected with something, show symptoms by now?  Of course I'm talking about me---!
I had to have a transfusion (3 bags) after having my son.  I almost died, so thank God for the gift of blood.  But, I'm wondering, do they recommend being tested for any of the infectious diseases after someone receives a transfusion?  This is not the kind of question I would call my doctor and ask about, since it is not emergency related at all...
Just curious--MOM
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I'm a frequent blood donor, and had to have an extension history check before being allowed to even donate. They don't even permit people that have had certain conditions/diseases, piercings/tattoos within a certain period of time, or those who are/have been on certain medications. After donating, the blood goes through a vigorous check for diseases- they wouldn't want to give anyone infected blood.

Given that, I'd say you're pretty safe and if it has been such an extended time and you have not had any ill side effects, I'd say you're in the clear for any concerns. I'm glad that you're alright- I know how scary it can be! I almost lost my mom the same way after my sister was born. If you have any concerns, ask a professional in the matter, but I'd say you're good to go :)
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Just to put ease to yourself you may want to go planned parenthood and get tested for everything.  It can't hurt.
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Blood transfusions 1991 and prior had a higher risk of carrying diseases such as hep c.  Now days, it's pretty safe.  I would think you are a very minimal risk for anything.
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The testing is pretty rigorous, and has been for many years.  There is always a VERY slim chance though, that someone donated while in the early stages of something and it didn't get detected.  That's pretty unlikely.

That said, I don't think I'd worry about it for more than a fleeting second.  I might consider getting tested for Hep C, since this is far, far more common than HIV and carries some health implications that can be addressed effectively.  I doubt I'd worry much about anything else.   A lot of time has passed, and if you had any other blood borne disease, you'd be sick by now.  

I hope I didn't scare you.  I think the chances are slim to none that you contracted any blood borne disease from receiving blood.  Again, Hep C would be the only exception I'd consider testing for.
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