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What tests are performed on donated blood?

Published On: Feb 14 2013 10:16:24 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 28 2013 09:44:06 AM CST
Blood donation

When blood is donated, tests are performed on the blood to make sure it’s safe to give to a recipient.

Most of the tests look for multiple infectious disease markers, according to the American Red Cross.

The organization says it performs the following tests on donated blood:

-          Chagas disease

-          Hepatitis B virus

-          Hepatitis C virus

-          Human Immunodeficiency Viruses (HIV)

-          Human T-Lymphotropic Virus

-          Syphilis

-          West Nile Virus