Silent virus a rare, dangerous risk for the unborn; Utah leads way in awareness campaign

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  • A Quaker Brooklyn, NY
    May 17, 2014 7:58 p.m.

    It must have been about 10 years ago that I first noticed a designation on my blood donor card saying CMV-, meaning that I'm CMV negative. Anyone can find out if they're negative or positive for CMV by simply donating blood.

    It seems to me that a couple contemplating making a baby should find out if they're carrying any diseases which could be passed on to their child. If they are, they should talk to their doctor BEFORE the child is born. Even potentially devastating diseases like HIV can be prevented from being passed on, by the appropriate drug therapy during pregnancy.

    If there are drugs to treat CMV, it would make more sense to treat a pregnant woman before the child is born than to treat the child after some of the damage has already happened. The CMV blood test can't be very expensive if they're doing it as a matter of course for every single unit of blood that's donated. Maybe Utah should get behind some sort of maternal testing program if they want to be in the forefront?