Beginning Thursday, September 15, 2016 we will begin testing all blood donations for the Zika Virus (ZIKV). The safety of our donors and the blood supply they generously provide is always our primary concern.
The ZIKV blood test will be performed along with the 13 other tests each donor’s blood sample undergoes every time they donate. So, donors will not really notice any change as far as the donation itself goes. However, because this test on the blood sample is still in a clinical study stage, donors will receive an information sheet about the study, and now both 16 and 17 year old donors must bring in a signed parental consent form to be able to donate. This is required because in California minors under 18 years old cannot consent to participate in clinical trials. Prior to September 15, 17 year olds were able to donate without a parent’s consent, but that is no longer the case. Minor donors will not be able to donate unless they present the proper form provided below.
The required parental consent forms and educational materials are available here in English and in Spanish. Parents should read the material and send a signed copy in with minors presenting to donate.
Travel to ZIKV affected areas will no longer require a wait period once the testing begins. Donors whose blood tests positive for ZIKV will be notified with follow-up instructions. If you have any questions regarding ZIKV blood testing, please call 661-323-4222.
A partir del viernes 15 de Septiembre de, 2016 se comenzará a probar todas las donaciones de sangre para asegurarse que no provengan con el virus del Zika (ZIKV). La seguridad de nuestros donantes y el suministro de sangre que generosamente ofrecen es siempre nuestra preocupación principal.
Las restricciones de viaje asociadas con ZIKV ya no estarán en práctica una vez que comience la prueba. Si tiene alguna pregunta con respecto a las pruebas de sangre ZIKV, por favor llame al 661-323-4222.