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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - AIDS
HIV / Blood Transfusions [posted 8/5/98]
Answer: The blood test has to do with the antibody response of the individual being tested. Consequently, this would not change after being withdrawn from the body, regardless of the storage of the fluid. The blood is usable immediately if seronegative. Whether the virus multiplies in the blood is not clear, but would be limited by the temperature.
Answer: By the laws of most states, this needs to be done by your physician. Sorry, but legal restrictions concerning HIV are very strict.
Answer: The AIDS virus is transmitted from person to person by body fluids. This is particularly blood and semen. So, come up with a list of different ways to transmit blood, blood products, and semen. It would be fairly large.
Answer: Good ideas. Question 1. Sure these are possible. Question 2 Possibly the cells that produce antibodies; but, if that worked the infection would be easily treated currently. Antibodies aren't the problem. Question 3. Machine for what?