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The High-Risk Donor

248.1 - The High-Risk Donor

Presenter: Atul, Humar, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Authors: Atul Humar


Donor derived infections are an uncommon but significant problem. Numerous pathogens can be transmitted from the donor to recipient, including viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasitic infection. Careful screening of donors helps prevent many of these infections. In other instances, use of potentially infected donors with appropriate prevention strategies and informed consent allows expansion of the donor pool. Specifically, donors classified as “high-risk” may have specific behavioral risk factors for recent acquisition of HIV, HCV or HBV. This talk will outline current practices and controversies around the use of potentially infected donors, how NAT testing or use of preventative strategies may allow expansion of the donor pool.

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