Blood Transfusion and Susceptibility to AIDS

Gene M. Shearer, Robert B. Levy

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To the Editor: In a recent report1 and accompanying editorial2 (Jan. 12 issue) on the association of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) with blood transfusions, the issues of additional factors attributable to blood transfusions1 and host susceptibility2 were mentioned but not discussed. If AIDS is induced by an infectious agent, as epidemiologic information suggests, the infectious agent may be opportunistic3 and might affect only persons whose immunity is compromised.4 Concerning the association of AIDS with blood transfusions, it should be noted that recipients of blood could become immunocompromised as a result of their transfusions. The transfusion of multiple units of.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number24
StatePublished - Jun 14 1984

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