HIV testing for all is long overdue

  • Article by: EDITORIAL , Los Angeles Times
  • Updated: November 26, 2012 - 2:08 PM

Even people who don't engage in high-risk behaviors can be at risk.

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ruphinaNov. 26, 12 2:31 PM

As long as all blood donors are tested before they give, only those in the high risk groups should have to be routinely tested. How about solidifying the blood donation system first? Bill G.

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brianjapanNov. 26, 12 4:10 PM

Is it free under Obamacare ?

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ranger78Nov. 26, 12 4:23 PM

The nation's blood supply is safe. The cost to avoid the activities that lead to infection are free. Besides, wouldn't this require annual or more often testing to ensure absolute eradication? One could test negative and be infected the next day. This is a solution is search of a problem.

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rynoliteNov. 26, 12 4:39 PM

@ruphina- I work in the blood banking industry. All donors are tested before release of their donations and high risk groups are not allowed to donate. The American blood supply is very safe. I would never hesitate to receive a unit of blood myself. You have a much larger chance of dying in a car crash than receiving a unit of blood with HIV.

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kleindropperNov. 27, 12 6:45 AM

It's easy to avoid HIV. Don't engage in sex with gay males and don't do IV drugs. Obviously neither of these groups should be allowed to contribute to the blood supply.

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