Do They Test For Herpes When You Donate Blood?

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Autologous blood donation (autologous means "related to self") is donating blood before surgery, and receiving your own blood during and after surgery. It is usually considered better and safer than receiving someone else's blood. (Blood intended for use by someone other than the donor is known as "homologous.")

The AIDS epidemic has had a great many consequences, few of them positive. But one favorable result has been increased use of a transfusion procedure in which persons facing elective...

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