Sunday, July 31, 2011

In the News: CDC recommendations for Prevention and Screening of HIV infection in potential Organ Donors

The most recent CDC recs for the prevention and screening of HIV infection in potential living donors are as follows:
1. Initial screening should be done in all donors.
2. All donors should have repeat testing with a combination of HIV serologic test and HIV NAT as close to organ donation as feasible but no longer than 7 days preceding organ donation.
3. All donors have to be advised on behaviors that could be putting them at risk for HIV infection.
4. For living donors with high risk: specific counseling might be needed one on one basis.
5. Available testing cannot completely eliminate the risk of transmission and all have to be aware.


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