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Also, a new test for HIV “measures the genetic material from the virus directly,” instead of antibodies to the virus, said Mr. Bloom, who holds a doctorate in organic chemistry.

This HIV method is accurate and fast. So, if the questions are answered correctly, “it makes no sense scientifically” to exclude these donors, he said.

Federal officials said at an August meeting of the FDA that some strains of HIV may be difficult to detect and noted that Germans have reported a few “transfusion transmissions” in recent years.

HIV transfusion incidents are rare in the U.S.: In 2008, a patient acquired HIV from a Missouri blood transfusion. The donor, a middle-aged married man, was found to have had anonymous sex with both men and women.

That transfusion-transmitted HIV infection was the first reported since 2002, the CDC said.

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Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor.

Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...

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