July 15, 1988

Survey: Blood Donations, Transfusions, and AIDS

JAMA. 1988;260(3):312-314. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410030020006

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THREE YEARS AGO, more than one third of persons polled in a national survey said one could contract acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) from donating blood. Now, in a new telephone survey of 1000 randomly selected adults nationwide, one fifth of respondents have expressed that belief.

Slightly more than half the respondents (51%) in the latest survey said it is unlikely that someone can become infected from receiving a blood transfusion. This compares with 42% three years ago, says Jon Hutchens, vice president of Hamilton, Frederick & Schneiders, which conducted the survey.

The latest results were released for the American Association of Blood Banks by the association's president, Paul J. Schmidt, MD, president of the Southwest Florida Blood Banks, Inc, Tampa. Fifty-six percent of those surveyed said they feel the blood supply is safer today than five years ago. In 1985, 44% thought this to be the case. While the association