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Blood centers follow five layers of rigorous safety procedures:
  • Blood donor eligibility standards
  • Individual screening
  • Laboratory testing
  • Confidential exclusion of donations
  • Donor record check

Thirteen tests are performed on every unit of donated blood. Eleven of those tests are used to screen for infectious diseases, including:

Hepatitis (a liver infection); HIV (the virus that causes AIDS); HTLV-I (a virus associated with a rare form of leukemia), and HTLV-II; and Syphilis.

When you go and donate blood I think that they should be happy because they are helping other people that need it.
— elementary school student
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