Proceedings of a consensus conference: Blood-borne HIV and hepatitis—Optimizing the donor selection process†
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Over the past several years, concern for the safety of blood transfusion has evolved from a primary focus on bacterial infections such as syphilis to viral infections including hepatitis B, C, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and most recently, the theoretical risk of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD). As a result of these changes, blood bankers have found themselves faced with the dilemma of balancing the rights of transfusion recipients to receive safe blood products, with the rights of individuals wishing to donate blood as an altruistic contribution to society.
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